Merry Christmas

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Posted By Scott

2020 has been a year like no other.  With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, we won’t be having the Merry Christmas we all hoped for. 

Virtually Festive

I’ve always liked Christmas as a time to relax and see family and friends.  Like everything else this year, most of that socialising is going to be virtual.   It’s amazing how quickly Zoom became a noun and verb with which we were all familiar.  The advance in video conference technology has been a welcome way to keep in touch with people. 

Thinking back 25 years when I started work, a video conference was like something from Star Trek. It involved going to a special room with cameras and screens, had to be booked in advance and a conference could only be held with another similarly equipped room in another site.  Nowadays we carry multiple video conference platforms around on our phones and tablets.   It has provided a way of see people, even if they are in a little box and only exist from the waist up.

So for many it won’t be a normal Christmas.  I would usually have family here for dinner, which won’t be the case.  I will still make (and eat) too many roast potatoes, justifying it with the phrase “well, it’s Christmas”. We will speak to them online and have a virtual Christmas.  I will catch up with friends on Zoom at different times this week.

Merry Muppets

As I write on Christmas Eve, I’m having a mince pie and enjoying one of my favourite movies in Muppet Christmas Carol.  There are so many film and television adaptations of Charles Dickens’s work and for me, this version with fuzzy creatures and singing vegetables tops the lot.  It has such a degree of warmth, fine songs and the uplifting ending that is the trademark of the story.  The song “It Feels Like Christmas” just hits the mark in capturing the spirit of the season and what it means. 

It’s in the singing of a street corner choir…

So, with that, the only thing left to do is thank you all for reading and to wish you a very Merry, and safe, Christmas.    

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