The Plugged In Show, Episode 55: I’m (Not) Dreaming of a COVID Christmas

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Charles Dickens would not be happy.

For the illustrious English author of A Christmas Carol, the season was filled with feasts and glorious get-togethers, fine food and fellowship. What made Ebenezer Scrooge such the “bah, humbug” fellow he was? He wanted to skip the parties and spend it alone, by crumb. Long before it was required, good old Scrooge was a master at social distancing.

Which would make 2020 an unreformed Ebenezer crack an unusual grin. Why, many of us are being encouraged to celebrate this most merry time of year with as few people as possible. No Fezziwig-style get-togethers. No packed church services. Even Scrooge’s Christmas ghosts might be required to wear masks.

But while this Christmas may look different than in Christmas pasts, We still have plenty to celebrate, plenty of traditions to observe and plenty of gifts to share with one another. And our team—experts as they are in all things entertainment—will share our own thoughts on what members of your family might want to find under the Christmas tree (or watch after the wrapping paper has all been packed away).

We share some of our favorite Christmas traditions, too—most of which mysteriously revolve around food. In short, we’ll make Dickens proud and light a candle of hope and thanksgiving during this cold, COVID winter. Because, as Tiny Tim might say, God has blessed us, every one.

And after you’ve listened to us gab, check out the links below to stuff that we mention on this week’s show.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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