Is Christmas 2020 cancelled?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about Christmas 2020 being ‘cancelled’. There has also been talk from the government about ‘saving’ Christmas.

2020 has been a crap year and the thought of Christmas has been something to look forward to. When things were relatively normal during the summer, I’m sure we all assumed that everything would be OK by Christmas this year. But it seems that it won’t.

But does that mean it is actually CANCELLED?

Of course it doesn’t.

The way I’m looking at it, and I think it’s a pretty positive mindset that everyone should embrace, is that Christmas is happening. It’s just a date. 25th December will still exist on the calendar.

Nobody has cancelled you putting up your decorations. Nobody has said you can’t buy presents or eat nice food. (Obviously I appreciate that there are some people who can’t afford these things, and my heart goes out to anyone for whom that is the case.) There will still be Christmas films and programmes on TV. It will still be Christmas!

That’s not to say that Christmas 2020 won’t be different. Of course it will. But it’s just one day and one year. So rather than focus on the negatives, why not just focus on the positives and try to enjoy the Christmas we have?

For us, Christmas dinner is usually at our house. We start the day with parkrun, then have my parents and brother round for Christmas dinner. My brother usually goes to work in the afternoon. Then my sister and her family come round for tea. My inlaws usually visit a few days later.

And there is panto. Always panto.

Panto rehearsals would usually start next week. We accepted a few months ago that wouldn’t be happening this year. My daughter will be year 11 next year, so it won’t happen again. But there’s no point getting down about it.

With the rule of six, we’d accepted that my parents wouldn’t be coming round for Christmas dinner. That’s the problem with being a family of five! Luckily, my sister is a family of four, so they’ve invited them round instead. It will be our first ever Christmas with just the five of us.

There will be no Christmas day parkrun.

But does that mean we can’t enjoy the day? Does it mean Christmas is cancelled?

There will be other Christmases. And I know it’s hard if you have elderly parents, wondering if there will really be other Christmases with them. But you just have to hope there will be. Better to keep them safe now, than risk them getting Covid for the sake of one day of celebration.

And if the government does a u-turn and decides to ‘save Christmas’ by lifting the rule of six for a few days, we won’t be going crazy in our family. My parents aren’t especially vulnerable, but they are in their 70s. I’d rather have this one Christmas without them than put them at risk.

So that’s my thoughts on the matter. Christmas 2020 isn’t cancelled. It doesn’t need saving. It’s different and it’s a bit crap, but we just need to make the best of it and hope things are back to normal next year.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I agree with what you say here, its true that you can’t cancel Christmas and we will still celebrate it albeit in a different way.

    I have to say though that I’m ome of those people who in all likelihood will not get to share another Christmas with my mum (due to cancer rather than old age) and I’m finding it really hard the fact that we will probably be denied that last family chriatmas together

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that. That is awful. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. I really hope you do get to spend some time with her, even if it isn’t at Christmas.

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  2. I think Christmas will be what we make it. You are right it totally depends what mindset you’re in. If you think Christmas will be the worst it probably will be.
    We’re going to make the best of the strange situation we’re in. I’ve got a good chunk of the presents bought and even got some new decorations. x

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    • Absolutely! That’s all you can do. Go into it positively and thinking that you will enjoy it and you will. I’ve still got a lot more shopping to do. I wouldn’t usually have started yet, but it felt sensible to start earlier this year. X

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  3. I agree with you, it’s such a difficult situation for so many people and I feel very lucky that our small family Christmas will be unchanged. I hope people don’t feel like Christmas is cancelled, the saddest thing about it is those who will end up on their own because there isn’t space for them due to the rule of 6. Lots of restaurants cater for people who would otherwise be on their own and if they can’t do this or lots of people who are vulnerable can’t go, I think that will be a really upsetting thing for them. The rest of us just need to suck it up and appreciate what we’ve got.

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    • I definately agree with you x

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    • Absolutely! Sadly there will be some people who are on their own or who will be hot particularly hard by things, but for most of us it will just be a bit different and we need to make the most of it. X

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    • It will be a very different Christmas. I’m quite tempted to do a (not)parkrun on Christmas day.

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  4. I completely agree with you. I must admit that the rule changes this week about Christmas puzzled me a lot this week, why relax the rules if they then have to lockdown again in January? I must admit, like you, we are just sticking to our family Christmas. With us all being in different schools, it is too risky to see older relatives but we will still enjoy our family Christmas and have a nice relaxing break for a change.

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    • I think the Christmas rule change is madness! My daughter in particular is upset that we won’t get out usual Christmas, even though the government said it’s OK. We will still see my family, but it will most likely be outdoors and it definitely won’t be three households at the same time.

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