There is a sense of peace as I walked through downtown after Candlelight service at St. John’s Lutheran on this Christmas Eve. It wasn’t an eerie sort of quietness, rather a calming quiet that has encompass Des Moines, a city I have called home for 14 years now.
Recently retired KCRG-TV sports director John Campbell would air a piece on Christmas Eve showing the empty sports venues across the state, noting that Christmas is the only time places like Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Hilton Coliseum, UNI-Dome, and Drake Stadium would be empty and quiet. No activity, no one in the buildings.
I understood why Campbell favored that piece. To me, the quietness surrounded me like a cold, white blanket as I strolled around the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. There was no need to find a place to seek quiet to be within your thoughts. On this night, it was already there…to absorb it and experience it.
For many, the quiet is unnerving because we need noise as a conduit to feel connected with the world around us.
But, for one night, and the following morning, silence is golden as my city is quiet on this night.
Christmas Time is here.