Christmas 2020: Calls for Hope and Appreciation From Across the Spectrum
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From the RightThis Christmas, in a year full of despair, we need to hold fast to this truth
As we approach the end of 2020, our nation’s mental health is the worst it has been in decades. That’s not my opinion — it’s the findings of a recent report from Gallup, which has asked Americans about the state of their mental health since 2001.
This year, nearly one-fourth of Americans rated their mental health as "fair" or "poor," the most significant decline in our country’s psychological well being on record.
The sad truth is these findings won’t surprise anyone who has lived through 2020. A global pandemic, social...
From the CenterPresence, not presents: Finding meaning in a minimalist Christmas
Katherine May loves winter, from the cozy comforts of being indoors to the “blustery outdoor stuff.” But she is no great fan of Christmas – or at least the busywork that starts two months ahead of Dec. 25 and leaves her depleted before it even arrives. “I’m quite well known in my family for opening my Christmas cards standing over the recycling bin and just throwing them in,” she says.
Ms. May, author of the book “Wintering,” which is an ode to the fallow season but also treats it as...
From the LeftIt’s ‘Home Alone, the Pandemic Version’
One Christmas long ago when I was a college student far from my family, I couldn’t afford to fly home. I had a roommate who for different reasons wasn’t going home either, and she and I made plans to go to a Christmas Eve party and on Christmas Day, cross-country ski and make a big dinner. Except my roommate fought with the guy she liked and drank way too much at the party, was sick most of the night and felt too sad and awful even to get out of...