When I was a child growing up in Atlanta, the thing I most looked forward to at Christmas was riding the pink pig at Rich’s Department Store.

The pink pig was a small train that wandered through the toy department of the store. It wasn’t my fantasy of getting toys that I looked forward to; it was the adventure.

This Christmas, no one will be riding the pink pig. But our lives must still be filled with the desire for adventure that brings us joy if we are to move on from this most difficult calamity we are in.

However you view Christmas, it for the most part brings out the good in all of us. It binds us to the love God has for us as fragile human beings. And Christmas points us in the direction that leads us to being fully alive. I trust you will embrace that hope.

Wherever we are this year, our hearts gather with those we love. Smaller turkeys and hams are in short supply this year as more families choose to follow health guidelines and limit the size of their gatherings.

  • Wear a mask, indoors and outdoors, around people you don’t live with and maintain six feet of distance.
  • Limit the group size to less than 10 people and no more than two households.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Get tested before gathering. “If in doubt, check it out."
  • Memphis has plenty of testing available and the Health Department encourages us to use it.

Visit covid19.memphistn.gov for more details.

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