This is the Christmas that is like no other. Here in Switzerland it is not cancelled as such, but all the restaurants will be closed and we should not meet with more than one other household. Our daughter in Germany will stay in Germany. Families cannot travel, many are stuck somewhere with no flight, or a sudden Tier 4 restriction stopping them travelling. I know my brother will not see his kids, we are all making sacrifices this year. Our Church just decided not to hold services over Christmas other than the virtual kind. We could, it is allowed, but it seems irresponsible in a way, in these times when we are all being asked to stay home, in order to keep others safe, and avoid the hospitals being overwhelmed.
I think this Christmas will be one where people will appreciate what they have, especially those who have managed to avoid the virus. Others might be recovering from it, or still fighting it, and then there will be those remembering loved ones they have lost to it.
The vaccine is coming, and I pray that will make a difference. I hope it works, with no side effects, and also fights the variant that is emerging. I also hope that the protection stays, as for sure, once people have had the vaccine, then they will feel that they are able to return to doing all the things they used to do. In fact today I was joking about a post vaccine party, where all of us go and get vaccinated together and then we can party. Many a true word is spoken in jest 🙂
My friend was planning to go to her family over Christmas, but her family panicked and said they did not want her to come. Switzerland does not have a good name with our neighbouring countries at present. We have too many cases and they are going in the wrong direction. So she will stay here, alone. In a normal year we would invite her over. This is not a normal year, but i guess that I will still invite her over. It is Christmas after all.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas. Stay healthy.