Illustration Amy Aves Challenger

Dear Christmas, thank you for every mother and child who don’t belong.

Christmas, how will I ever come to grips with your expectations, with my guilt, my sense of wonder, inadequacy and longing all nestled together like misfit emotions under a tree, during a pandemic? How will I manage the memories, dangling about an evergreen we chopped down and decorated partly with love and sometimes perfection, mostly with hope for something better than hundreds of thousands of deaths? American writer living in Switzerland. Contributor @Independent @WaPost, @Huffpost, @International Living , @Euronews & more

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