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What does cancelling Christmas actually mean?
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User135644 · 27/11/2021 09:15

A lot of talk and fear now that Christmas is going to be screwed again with this new variant causing a lot of fear and panic.

What does that actually mean though in practice? Christmas to me is spending time with family and i'll be doing that regardless. They aren't going to stop people visiting relatives this year (at least not locally).

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Riv · 29/11/2021 12:29

Thanks Viking. I really appreciate it.
It's tough but it's just what most of us who live alone are doing, in spite of what the Mumsnet threads seem to indicate.
We will come through this and we will see each other. It's not like we're on the front line of a war or having to live as refugees or anything similar. We have warm , comfortable homes, enough to eat and good jobs. Just gets me occasionally when others boast about their thoughtlessness which is prolonging this awful pandemic. (hope it's thoughtless and not ignorance or deliberate selfishness) :D.

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Shell4429 · 29/11/2021 12:44

[quote Topseyt]@BlowBadness

You could report me if you liked. I will still visit my increasingly disabled and recently widowed elderly mother this Christmas. In fact, I am also going to visit her next week. My DDs will also all be with us and one will have a friend with her.

Christmas is not cancelled and in this house it certainly won't be. We will carry on as normal, as will all of our wider family, neighbours and friends.

You may fall off your perch / clutch all of your pearls at that if you wish.[/quote]
Have you asked her whether she wants to risk death to spend Christmas with you? Hmm

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FanGirlX · 29/11/2021 12:51

@Exhausteddog

Does anyone think they will reinstate wfh if you can?

I thought they already had? Confused
Tbh that is fairly fluffy and open to interpretation from individual employers. Its not as defined as say, wear masks in shops.

They have in Scotland but not in England (yet BJ often follows NS, a few days later 😂). Not sure about Wales and NI.
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ElephantOfRisk · 29/11/2021 12:56

WFH if you can never left Scotland.

I just can't believe how so many people are still sucked into all this shite tbh. It just makes me so angry.

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Cyw2018 · 29/11/2021 13:03

Canceling Christmas (or restricting it to just Christmas Day like last year) means screwing over the most essential of key workers, ie those working on Christmas Day, who would miss out on Christmas completely.

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PinkSparklyPussyCat · 29/11/2021 14:01

Have you asked her whether she wants to risk death to spend Christmas with you?

So you would leave a recently widowed disabled woman (who presumably can make her own decisions regarding visitors) on her own? Were you always this heartless or is it an effect of covid?

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MarmitesMyMate · 29/11/2021 14:08

If they attempt to cancel there won't be much compliance.
I mean they can't police it. Our neighbourhood had 9 burglaries last week. A neighbourhood 5 miles away hhad 6 the week before. They reckon its the same gang. Yet police have visited no one! Because there isn't the resources. So they're no going to come and check everyone's being good on Xmas day ffs.

Everyone enjoy Xmas as best u can.

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Ted27 · 29/11/2021 14:10

@Shell4429

My mother is 78 and not in the best of health. She has had 3 great grandchildren both this year- yes she is at the point where she wishes to hold those babies rather than eke out an existence.
There is more to life than sitting alone in a chair waiting for death

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julieca · 29/11/2021 14:15

@Ted27 then go and see her now and again at Xmas. No one is stopping you.

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Paquerette · 29/11/2021 14:35

@MarchingOnTogether

Christmas 2019 we had all our family together, my partner and kids, my sister and neice and my dad and step mum, it was brilliant.
My dad was planning to move away so we really pushed the boat out to make it a good one.
2 weeks later he was gone, he picked up a flu like virus over new year and died within days, it was so unexpected.
After covid hit one thing I was so grateful for was that we got to spend that time.with him, we had a great Christmas and we were able to be with him in the hospital for his last days...
Last year we had restrictions in place for a good reason and whilst for most it was a price worth paying, there will be some who missed out on a last Christmas or a final meeting with a loved one...
Now we have vaccines, we have testing, we are so much better prepared. We can't be expected not to hug or kiss our loved ones and have proper family get together over Christmas. Be sensible, use lateral flow tests before mixing with people & get a pcr if you have symptoms. Other than that, get on with it and enjoy Christmas

LTFs shouldn’t necessarily be trusted. My DS has been doing them for school. Did his Sunday one in the evening - completely negative. He came home from school Monday with a slight headache, which had started after lunch. Tested him Tuesday morning, and the line came up straight away. PCR has confirmed covid. Had we have been meeting up with anyone on Sunday, then he was most likely contagious. He’s in primary school, so I did both tests. I definitely wouldn’t trust them for a get together with elderly or vulnerable people.
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Ted27 · 29/11/2021 14:45

@julieca

I will and have done, as far as I could/can when restrictions allowed. When tiers were introduced, we were in different ones. They are 150 miles away, can't just pop round to sit in the garden with them.
I was however responding to a particular somewhat over dramatic post about killing grannies.

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