Just between you and me, I am a beach bum now that I live near a beach, and at the beach, the bum in me has come forward. It was 78 degrees on Hilton Head Island on the day after Christmas and 74 on Christmas Day:
Speaking of Covid, our crowds were big, especially Christmas Day. But we are not back to pre-Covid crowds at Christmas. My first two years at Saint Anne’s 2016 and 17, we had two Christmas Eve Masses and both were standing room only.
We have added a third Christmas Eve Mass, one a midnight and the crowds were respectable. Having three has diluted the others, but still respectable in a church that seats 1,000.
Our Christmas Day Mass has always been very well attended. It is at 9 AM. And while we canceled Saturday’s Vigil on Christmas Day, our two Sunday Masses for Holy Family were well attended and I thought it was great having back to back obligatory Mass days during the Octave of Christmas.
About Christmas and Covid, I wrote this on my facebook page which garnered many positive comments from fellow southerners: