Despite pandemic: Collection of good and inspiring stories got lost among bad news

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Even in difficult 2020, good things still happen and the fight against Covid-19 rallied friends, relatives and even strangers
10:32, 21 December 2020

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A tense situation with coronavirus incidence in the world affects all spheres of lives. Unfortunately, this impact is negative.

That is why all of us need some good stories. Especially on the eve of the holiday that will take place in a somewhat unusual format this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As turns out, finding something good about bad thins is a mission possible. Further, we will tell a few inspiring and good stories that got lost unfairly among daily coronavirus reports. Let’s go.

A tree for Boston. Symbol of mutual assistance in the most difficult times

Annually, the citizens of Canadian Halifax city send a Christmas tree to Boston – the capital and the largest city of American Massachusetts state.

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Thus, they express gratitude for assistance in the liquidation of the consequences of the most powerful explosion of a pre-atomic era that took place in Canada in 1917.

The explosion took place as a result of the collision of French freighter SS Mont-Blanc loaded with explosives and a Norwegian Imo vessel at Halifax port.

The tragedy claimed the lives of about 2,000 people, about the same number of people were reported missing. The houses and constructions in the square of 160 hectares were wiped off from the face of the Earth; about 25,000 locals were left without homes.

Halifax was almost destroyed

The authorities of Boston got to know about the catastrophe by telegraph and promptly sent a train with the medicines and food collected by the whole city to the affected Canadian Halifax.

Soon, one more train arrived in Halifax; it was re-equipped for a hospital – the American surgeons, eye specialists, and sisters of Mercy held the local doctors. Some specialists stayed in Canada for months or years until their services were needed.

Although over 100 years have passed since that luckless day, Canadians have not forgotten the kindness of Boston citizens. Annually, they thank them, sending a beautiful Christmas tree.

The tradition was called Tree for Boston.

This year, the tree growing in West Bay, Nova Scotia, was sent to Massachusetts. Annually, starting from summer, the present for Boston citizens is searched in all regions of the country but wherever it comes from – the tree is seen off from Halifax.

Presents for newborn babies

One of the readers of Times Colonist told the newspaper about a kind family tradition from his childhood remembered by him even today.

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It lies in the fact that during a year, the whole family collected baby clothes:  diapers, nightgowns…Everything that a newborn might need.

Close to the holiday, a father inquired at social services about families who are expecting a child in December.

“On Christmas Eve we drove to the house, rang the bell, and placed the basket on the front porch. We ran back to the car and secretly waited to see the surprise when the owners came to the door,” the reader said.

According to him, besides the clothes for a newborn, they also put a turkey and other attributes of the holiday in a basket.

Speaking about the presents…

The presents are not canceled this year. Santa Claus has inborn immunity to Covid-19

Christmas rides will take place on a schedule approved at the North Pole and the coronavirus pandemic will not prevent children to get the long-awaited presents.

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That is because according to Chief immunologist of America Anthony Fauci, Santa Claus has inborn immunity to Covid-19.

He is not a carrier of the infection and children and their parents should not worry that they might be infected.

“Santa is not going to be spreading any infections to anybody. Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity. It should come as no surprise. As children already know, Santa is superhuman,” the doctor noted.

Nevertheless, a Christmas wizard has assumed some precautionary measures due to the pandemic.

Thus, on Christmas Eve, he will shorten his visits to shopping malls and he will admit visitors and listen to their wishes only through a special glass.

"Santa does not want the kids to line up waiting to see him because he doesn't want to spread germs. Santa gets sad if the kids or their families are sick," pediatrician Gina Song noted.

She added that Santa will be watching children from afar (remember the social distance) and will only visit them when no one is around on Christmas Eve.

Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson promised earlier that any quarantine events will hinder Santa Claus to give the presents to children. Belgium authorities allowed Sinterklaas to violate the curfew.

Congratulations from space. We will see ‘Christmas Star’ this year

On the winter solstice (the day when the daylight is shortest and the night is the longest), on December 21, the rare astronomical phenomenon called Christmas Star is expected.

It was not observed since the Middle Ages as Fox News reported.

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This cosmic wonder will take place as a result of the proximity for a minimum distance of the two largest planets of the solar system – Saturn and Jupiter; it will look like an ultraluminous glowing point for the citizens of Earth.

“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another,” Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan said.

According to WalesOnline, the so-called double planet phenomenon will see the planets light up like one single bright star.

Some astronomers suppose that the famous Star of Bethlehem mentioned in the biblical story of the birth of Jesus could be real astronomical conjunction of planets.

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In case of clear weather, it would be possible to see Christmas Star would be visible from any point of the planet. It will appear an hour before sunset in the western part of the sky.

The next such a possibility will occur only in 2080 as Forbes reported.

P.S. Considering the fact that this event takes place in 2020 with a bad reputation, we are comforting you – on December 21, Saturn and Jupiter will be at the safe distance from each other. At least, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration states so.


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