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From Steve Shafer (Stanford Anesthesiologist)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,
So we had to be extra cautious this year.
We all hung our masks by the chimney with care
In case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake
So we set out Purell for dear Santa’s sake.
 
The children were sleeping, the brave little tots
The ones over 5 just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap
Had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
But we tossed and we turned all night in our beds
As visions of variants danced in our heads.
 
Gamma and Delta, and now Omicron
These Covid mutations that go on and on
I thought to myself, "If this doesn't get better,
I'll soon be familiar with every Greek letter."
 
Then just as I started to drift off and doze
A clatter of noise from the front lawn arose.
I leapt from my bed and ran straight down the stair
I opened the door. An old gent stood there.
 
His N95 made him look pretty weird
But I knew who he was by his red suit and beard.
I kept six feet away but blurted out quick
"What are you doing here, jolly Saint Nick?"
 
"Where's your presents, your elves, your reindeer ,your sleigh?
Don't you know that tomorrow will be Christmas Day? "
And Santa just stood looking sad in the snow
As he started to tell me a long tale of woe.
 
He said he'd been stuck at the North Pole alone
All his white-collar elves were working from home,
And most of the others said "Santa, don't hire us!
We can live off our Pfizer stock thanks to the virus."
 
Those left in the toyshop had little to do.
With supply chain disruptions, could make nothing new.
All of his reindeer were in a bad way,
None of them able to pull Santa’s sleigh.
 
Dasher and Dancer were in quarantine,
Prancer and Vixen refused the vaccine,
Comet and Cupid were in ICU,
So were Donner and Blitzen, they may not pull through.
 
And Rudolph's career can't be resurrected.
With his shiny red nose, they all think he's infected.
Even with reindeer he couldn't go far.
Each border required a new PCR.
 
Santa sighed as he told me how nice it would be
If children could once again sit on his knee.
He couldn't care less if they're naughty or nice
Provided they received their vaccine shot twice.
 
But then the old twinkle returned to his eyes.
And he said that he'd brought me a Christmas surprise.
I unwrapped the box and opened it wide,
Starlight and rainbows streamed from inside.
 
Letters whirled round and flew up to the sky
And they spelled out a word that was 40 feet high.
There first was an H, then an O, then a P,
I saw it spelled HOPE when it added an E.
 
"Christmas magic" said Santa as he smiled through his beard.
Then suddenly all of the reindeer appeared.
He jumped into his sleigh and he waved me good-bye,
Then he soared o'er the rooftops and into the sky.
 
I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
"Get your vaccines dear friends, Merry Christmas, good-night".
Next morning I awoke from my sweet Christmas dream
Of a beautiful world without Covid-19.
Thanks for posting, BC.

Because of concerns for travel and my personal issues with any respiratory infection, I am spending my first Christmas without being with family.  That wasn't the plan even two weeks ago.  (But, I'm going to visit a long-time friend.)

While it is terrible that the world has to continue to fight COVID, I have a sneaking suspicion that maybe there is a little less fighting among ourselves, at least at the international level.  This has been a struggle, but I think it is not as bad as a major war for any particular population.

We can hope that by the end of 2022, COVID will not disrupt our lives as it did last December and now.  But, it has found new ways to disrupt us in the past, so we should steel ourselves to be prepared and do what is necessary.

Merry Christmas & a Healthy New Year to all.
THanks for posting BC!  

And MT, Happy HOlidays despite the disruption.