How we miss the mundane joy of the real world


The festive season – like the rest of life – just isn’t the same through a screen.

David Sax

A man dressed as Santa Claus speaks with a virtual visitor at the Santa Experience in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Nov 24, 2020.

Published5 hours ago

New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family


FB Messenger
Purchase Article
Copy permalink

Gift this story

Share gift link below with your friends and family.
They can read the article in full after signing up for a free account.

Share link:

Link Copied!

Link Copied!Copy gift link

Or share via:

You can read this subscriber-only article in full
Please sign up or log in to continue reading the article.

Sign up

Already have an account? Log in.

All done! This article is now fully available for you

Read now

Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full

Resend verification e-mail

The gift link for this subscriber-only article has expired.
Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month for the first 3 months.

Subscribe now

You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month.
Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month for the first 3 months.
Subscribe now

(NYTIMES) – At the end of September, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention posted a list of recommendations for how Americans can safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Eat all the pie you want (but only with your immediate family). Attend parades and big games (but only on TV). Shop till you drop (from the couch). Skip the flight back home (Zoom with your relatives instead). Give thanks (while maintaining social distance).

As a Canadian, I experienced this virtual version of Thanksgiving last month, preceded by the Jewish High Holy Days a few weeks before that. Normally, on the night before Yom Kippur, I would dress in a suit and walk to a nearby synagogue, to hear my brother-in-law sing the Kol Nidre prayer. But rising case numbers in Toronto made that unwise, so my wife and I sat on the couch and streamed a programme that featured an array of voices representing a cross-section of the Jewish experience, from Iraqi cantors and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) rabbis, to a short film about Black Lives Matter. It was beautiful, meaningful and just one of hundreds of online services we could have tuned into that night.

Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

Latest headlines and exclusive storiesIn-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia contentGet access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

Subscribe now

*Terms and conditions apply.


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.