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Ho-ho-ho is a no-no-no – but we deserve to meet with loved ones this Christmas

Martina Devlin


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Members of the public wearing face masks at the site of the Clerys department store in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public wearing face masks at the site of the Clerys department store in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Members of the public wearing face masks at the site of the Clerys department store in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“The bubble, blown too thin, Seems nigh on bursting,” says Robert Browning. Our social solidarity bubble is feeling the strain, not least because of uncertainty over Christmas – it will surely pop if the Government’s arrangements prove too restrictive.

Or to put it another way, people are going to meet their loved ones during the festive period regardless of lockdown levels, R rates and infection numbers.

Nobody expects a bacchanal. Ho-ho-ho is a no-no-no. Revels are off the radar. But to gather with loved ones – yes, that we do anticipate.


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