A year ago we had a “normal” Christmas and nobody imagined that 2020 would be such a disaster. But we now have light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines coming so even though Christmas for many will mean smaller family gatherings, we humans are a resourceful lot and we’ll still find a way to feel good at Christmas time. Alma and I are planning to join two others in our “bubble” at a Christmas lunch at a local restaurant and we have already had a small family Christmas lunch (two other family members). I know that some kind souls are offering to do similar things with individuals who live on their own. In the odd times I have stepped outside, I notice that everyone is observing the rules – mask indoors (and often outdoors as well) and keeping your distance.
The Town is still partially shut down with the CCC and everything else closed until January 23. The Town’s New Year’s Eve celebrations have been cancelled and the Mayor’s Levee is going virtual but let’s focus on the good things.
- Vaccines will be coming soon and will likely be dispensed in Cobourg like the Flu shots – in Pharmacies and walk-in centres. News and updates will be here.
- Northumberland is not as badly affected by the virus as other areas.
- The worst US President in history will finally be gone before too long – that has to mean a better world (I hope my opinion here doesn’t offend anyone).
- No more Newspapers have shut down despite difficult times.
- Zoom and other video conferencing technologies have enabled many businesses and clubs to continue to operate.
Let’s hope that 2021 turns out as we expect and by the time we get to Christmas 2021, we should be back to normal – although the experiences of 2020 will have a permanent impact.
But let’s all make the most of this Christmas – I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year better than not only 2020 (that wouldn’t be hard) but also the best ever.