What's your game plan for Christmas Holidays?

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21. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1586 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Just like Peter in Australia, New Zealand is relatively normal - the only problem is traveling abroad. So, it'll be our first Christmas in NZ since 2008. We're having a bbq breakfast with my son's family and then we'll probably be on the beach for the afternoon. And then a few nights in Tauranga and on the Coromandel - but that's as exotic as it gets.

To be honest, I much prefer a UK Christmas - cold, damp, dark and huddled inside by the fire. We were scheduled to be in Europe this Christmas - but that might have to wait for another 12 months now.

22. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 632 posts) 18w 1 Star this if you like it!

Lucky you Boris.
Germany went into lockdown a couple of days ago - very bad timing, just before Christmas, but comments like, "They should have done this earlier", does not help anyone. I am glad that our family made a decision long ago, otherwise we'd be freaking out now about ruined plans.
I have booked myself a reservation for a church service in the early evening - yes, limited number of participants, reservations only, and the services are taking place outdoors. Let's hope for dry weather!
My parents have in the meantime learned to use Skype, so we'll have the "present opening ceremony" via modern media. The parcels with the presents have been sent. My Christmas tree is waiting on the balcony in the cold, hope he'll stay fresh, to be set up and decorated next week. I am glad that we bought it this time: I met up with a friend at the garden shop, we chose the tree together, and she drove it to my place in her car while I walked. Social distancing, eh.
I keep telling myself not to lament but make the best of the situation. Things are what they are.

23. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2264 posts) 18w 1 Star this if you like it!

Tauranga and the Coromandel sound exotic when I'm getting into my thermals to come to work in a cold warehouse. :) I could just do with a walk up Mount Maunganui, or a laze in the salt water hot pools.

I count us as lucky. We should be able to head off to my place in the Lake District next week for a few days of walking and sitting by a log burner / watching Netflix in a different location, making use of the UK's xmas liberalisation of the rules whilst hopefully not taking risks by being around any actual people.

It feels like people in the UK and Europe are struggling much more with these 2nd wave restrictions in Winter than we all did in a mild spring and summer. Gone are the long walks from your door, enjoying all the daylight. Now it's all eating and watching TV - feels like it's already been Christmas for months!

Roll on vaccine time. And fingers crossed for our planned trips - Fort William in March, and the Isles of Scilly in April. Even booking those feels a risk; I'm beginning to look at international travel but not sure what to expect later in the year re normality returning. Top of the list are a Norwegian road trip or Montreal.

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25. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1740 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Our oldest daughter has a friend who is a physician and who got her first vaccine this morning so the vaccines are starting to make there way around the world. Let's hope they work. We actually moved our 2020 reservations to 2021 and are hoping that will be possible.

26. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 632 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Trouble is, though, that these vaccines save us from catching the actual disease and its symptoms, but none of them prevent us from catching and spreading the virus. In other words, they do not solve the main problem.

27. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

If everyone is vaccinated, there will be no one to spread the disease to.

28. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

Trouble is, though, that these vaccines save us from catching the actual disease and its symptoms, but none of them prevent us from catching and spreading the virus. In other words, they do not solve the main problem.

From the interviews I have seen with those who've developed and tested the vaccines, they are saying that they don't know yet whether they prevent us spreading the virus, because they don't have enough evidence either way as yet - not that they definitely do not.

And back to the original question, our 'game plan' for Christmas had been to spend the day with my sister and her husband and otherwise have a quiet time with just the two of us. That quiet time has just been extended to Christmas Day too, as the government has announced that from midnight tonight London and S E England go into a strict level of restrictions with no household mixing even on Christmas Day :(

29. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

At the beginning of this question I wrote:

Last year I was recovering from a hip replacement and we spent Christmas by ourselves. This year, I am assuming that it will be the same (without the hip replacement part).

That has not changed.

Our son Rob has asked what Debbie is doing this year. Recently Debbie has gone from MD to CT to visit her grandchild Adrian, but her daughter MB is divorcing her SIL so MB may come from CT down to MD for the holiday. MB's ex-in-laws live in FL.

MB can't come down from CT because she would have to self quarantine when she got back, so she is staying in in CT with Adrian.

I am pretty sure that Rob will come from NJ down to his son's house in MD to visit with his DIL Morgan and the three grandsons. And I think his son Carson (father of the children) will also come home for the holiday. Rob's daughter Bree is going to be in Colorado with her new fiance.

I don't know if Rob will come down as travel is restricted from NJ to MD. He went down to VA for Thanksgiving and visited the grandkids on the way back. He may not go anywhere at all. Carson came back to MD from his "deployment" to Detroit. (He's not military but he works for a military contractor) I think he's home for now. Bree went to Colorado for Thanksgiving - she's pregnant so probably not traveling - due in May

Our daughter Beth lives in Texas and she will most likely be having Christmas there with at least two of her children and her mother-in-law

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Beth is in Houston with all her children. Her son came home from Virginia Tech and had shoulder surgery. Her daughter is doing mission work (for the church) between college and Christmas.

I have no idea what our daughter Barb is doing - her son is expecting his first child (her first grandchild - my fifth great grandson) in December. That will probably be the big event for them.

Taylor (grandson's wife) had the baby C-section on Tuesday. They came home from the hospital yesterday. Montana (her daughter - my granddaughter) had an operation to repair a broken pelvis about 10 days ago. Barb may be working - she's a pilot. I don't know what her schedule is.

I'm going for pool therapy three days a week. Hoping to get into good enough shape to travel when I can do that again.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Dec 2020, 19:40 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

30. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2264 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting me

We should be able to head off to my place in the Lake District

...Or perhaps not. Christmas cancelled by new government restrictions. :(

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Dec 2020, 21:49 GMT by AndyF ]