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Christmas during COVID-19 - A new way to celebrate

Places of worship are closed across the state, making it hard for many to have celebrated Christmas.

Posted: Dec 26, 2020 1:33 PM

CHICO, Calif. - On a normal Christmas, dozens of people gather at St. John’s Episcopal Church to celebrate the Christmas.

But on Christmas morning, it was silent.

Only the taps of rain on the roof were filling the room with noise.

Not your typical Christmas scene.

How did this church celebrate the holiday anyway?

We asked Rev. Richard Yale about what they did instead.

He said, “Normally, we have two Christmas Eve services and a Christmas morning service. We went with one straightforward Christmas Eve service. We tried to have it as familiar as possible.”

All through a livestream.

And they are not the only ones.

Churches across the state had to come up with new ways to worship together.

That alone comes with some challenges.

“We usually are working and working to get everything right and we kind of had everything in place and it was a little strange,” Rev. Richard Yates said. “It was a little melancholy and yet we were also able to find a place of peace.”

But for this Reverend, Christmas this year might have been a blessing in disguise.

“The real meaning of Christmas is when we can be there for one another with the love that overflows from our hearts and finds hope even in the darkest of places. The message was to poor shepherds, not to powerful people. We need to seek out who are the people in our community to hear a word of love, care, hope and empathy. That’s what Christmas is really about.”

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