Each year in the United Kingdom and the commonwealth Queen Elizabeth delivers a Christmas message. For 2020, Her Majesty reminded people that they were not alone as many observed the Christmas holiday at home away from family due to the ongoing global pandemic.
“Every year we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light does more than create a festive mood —light brings hope,” she began. “For Christians, Jesus is ‘the light of the world,’ but we can’t celebrate his birth today in quite the usual way.
“People of all faiths have been unable to gather as they would wish for their festivals, such as Passover, Easter, Eid, and Vaisakhi. But we need life to go on. Last month, fireworks lit up the sky around Windsor, as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, providing joyous moments of hope and unity — despite social distancing.”
You can watch the Queen’s entire Christmas message below: