7 Covid Christmas dilemmas – and how we hope to get through them

At Christmas there is a great change in the daily routine. Besides the usual – get up, turn on tree lights, draw curtains, cry for 20 minutes, open the door of the latest advent calendar – turn on your phone, open WhatsApp and discover which of your friends now has Covid.

“Just the four this morning?” You think, scrolling through. “Down yesterday, but it’s still early. Ah wait, two more are coming…”

They fall like flies. Flying, going to bar quizzes and the movies, and having to take the subway at rush hour. I’ll get a boost on Monday, but right now it feels more like when, not if, this particular wave will catch me.

I plan to spend Christmas in Hampshire with my family and leave London’s omicron-cobbled streets on Christmas Eve. At this point a positive result and I am alone in my apartment on the 25th. So here comes a week of pure danger.

Some social events have already been cancelled, but those that are still happening all carry the express risk of ruining my Christmas. This means that before you do anything, the question arises: is it really worth it?

The answer is always no, no matter how good the finger food sounds. But I can’t imagine going there either Nothing between now and christmas So the next eight days feel like navigating a laser grid in a bank robbery movie.

Only the lasers move. And I can’t see her. And sometimes people on the bus shoot lasers. And… oh god. I might as well go home now.

‘This is my Que Sera Sera Christmas’

Celia Walden 7 Covid Christmas dilemmas – and how we hope to get through them

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