Recall all the 41 rituals on Christmas? Here is another.
12/25/2020 = 12+25+(2+0+2+0) = 41
And notice the main character’s name is Joe, in a year of Joe’s — Joe Burrow, Tiger King Joe, the Joe Montana Bowl, Joe Rogan, Joe Biden, etc.
And keep in mind this Joe works in a school, like Joe Carter, who was reported dead four days after Christmas: https://gematriaeffect.news/joe-clark-the-principal-remembered-in-the-film-lean-on-me-dead-at-82-december-30-2020-news/
The name Joe Gardner also sums to 56, the number of the year.