Wasn't it that the first Christmas was also dark with only the stars shining in the night sky?
This year, given the health protocols, we are not allowed to kiss the Cross, but we can only behold the Cross and gaze intimately at Christ crucified.
"It’s really a choice and an attitude to recognize that you are in the mission field as a Christian. It’s a part of your life. You are a missionary all the time. To recognize that the mission field is exactly where you are right now." - Kulas