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Kathleen

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Managing COVID Christmas.
« on: November 27, 2020, 10:42:18 AM »

Hello ladies.

Can I ask how you all plan to manage family gatherings at Christmas?

Our daughter, her partner and our son will be staying with us over the Christmas period and I am worried about how we will all stay safe. For example do we distance within the home constantly, use separate towels, hand sanitise all the time and keep opening the windows for ventilation?

Any advice would be most welcome.

Take care everyone.

K.
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Shadyglade

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2020, 10:49:49 AM »

If you do all that Kathleen, you will drive yourself nuts.  It won't make for a very happy Christmas.

We will be two households over Christmas, with my eldest son and partner stay Christmas night.  We will do as we always do.

How many people have houses big enough to social distance indoors.

Just enjoy yourselves.  Life is not risk free anyway. 
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Taz2

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2020, 01:19:21 PM »

We were quite excited to think of us all being together but now it seems foolhardy. The advice is very clear that Christmas can't be normal this year. Visits kept to a minimum. Guests encouraged to bring their own cutlery etc if there is food. One person only to prepare cook and serve the meals. No serving dishes, gravy boats etc. Windows open both up and downstairs. Separate hand towels for each guest. Frequent sanitising of surfaces...the list goes on and on. Here we are all rethinking our plan to get together as it is too risky? We wouldn't do it this week or last week so what will have changed?  :-\

Taz x
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sheila99

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2020, 02:29:15 PM »

I think it would be different if there wasn't a vaccine coming in the next few months. The only way to keep completely safe is if anyone coming has been isolating for the previous 2 weeks. Or is it possible to get a rapid test privately that a visitor could do on Xmas morning? Personally I don't see the point in taking the risk when you can do it safely in a few months time. We all have a different attitude to risk but for me I might take a risk with my own life but not someone else's.
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Katejo

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2020, 04:04:17 PM »

Hello ladies.

Can I ask how you all plan to manage family gatherings at Christmas?

Our daughter, her partner and our son will be staying with us over the Christmas period and I am worried about how we will all stay safe. For example do we distance within the home constantly, use separate towels, hand sanitise all the time and keep opening the windows for ventilation?

Any advice would be most welcome.

Take care everyone.

K.
  I am also deciding what to do.  We usually meet at my brother's. He has a large and spacious house so no problem with distancing but there would be 3 households together (my younger brother plus wife and 2 children, my elderly Dad and myself). My other  brother has already said that he won't come down to London from Leeds which is in tier 3.
If I don't join the rest of  them (all live in London suburbs) , I will be alone for Christmas. Nick (my younger brother) has invited me and doesn't see a problem because we wouldn't be breaking the Christmas rules.
Also it is perfectly possible that this could be my Dad's last Christmas. He is  nearly 86 and not in very good health.

I am arguing with myself over it.
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Shadyglade

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2020, 04:06:26 PM »

Katejo, perhaps you should ask your Dad what he wants and base your decision on that.
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Katejo

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2020, 04:19:02 PM »

Katejo, perhaps you should ask your Dad what he wants and base your decision on that.

I could (but without suggesting that this could possibly be his last Christmas) . He isn't really a great fan of Christmas (ever since my Mum died on Dec 28th 1992) but he does like to see us.

At least I will get a proper bed if I stay over on Christmas Eve. Normally my brother is there and I get a mattress on the floor in the tiny bedroom. It isn't comfortable at all.
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Shadyglade

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2020, 04:27:13 PM »

Katejo, perhaps you should ask your Dad what he wants and base your decision on that.

I could (but without suggesting that this could possibly be his last Christmas) . He isn't really a great fan of Christmas (ever since my Mum died on Dec 28th 1992) but he does like to see us.

At least I will get a proper bed if I stay over on Christmas Eve. Normally my brother is there and I get a mattress on the floor in the tiny bedroom. It isn't comfortable at all.

If it's only going to be for the one night that doesn't sound so bad.  If the rates where you are all living are favourable at Christmas, the risk is even lower.  You can't eliminate all risk unfortunately.
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Kathleen

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2020, 04:42:30 PM »

Hello again ladies.

Taz2 can I ask where you found all the advice that you listed?

Both my children want to visit and seem pretty calm about it, perhaps because they are young they are unafraid. They have also been out in the world more than we have so they have become more relaxed about the threat generally I suppose.

Sometimes I feel confident that we will manage and at other times I wish Christmas had been cancelled altogether this year!


Many thanks ladies for your comments.

Take care everyone.

K.
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Katejo

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2020, 04:51:01 PM »

Katejo, perhaps you should ask your Dad what he wants and base your decision on that.

I could (but without suggesting that this could possibly be his last Christmas) . He isn't really a great fan of Christmas (ever since my Mum died on Dec 28th 1992) but he does like to see us.

At least I will get a proper bed if I stay over on Christmas Eve. Normally my brother is there and I get a mattress on the floor in the tiny bedroom. It isn't comfortable at all.

If it's only going to be for the one night that doesn't sound so bad.  If the rates where you are all living are favourable at Christmas, the risk is even lower.  You can't eliminate all risk unfortunately.
2 nights not 1 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day due to no public transport).
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Kathleen

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2020, 08:07:02 PM »

Hello again ladies.

Both my children live a long way from us and  when they visit it is always for several days., popping round for the day isn't an option.

My daughter was due to go to her in laws this year but her FIL has a lung condition and has been shielding, instead they want to stay with us.

We are both 64 and although not especially vulnerable my husband does have a heart problem.

I want to see my children as I love them dearly but I am  worried about how we will all keep safe.

Needless to say all this worry is not doing my anxiety any good lol!

Wishing you well ladies.

K.

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Katejo

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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2020, 08:57:15 PM »

Hello again ladies.

Both my children live a long way from us and  when they visit it is always for several days., popping round for the day isn't an option.

My daughter was due to go to her in laws this year but her FIL has a lung condition and has been shielding, instead they want to stay with us.

We are both 64 and although not especially vulnerable my husband does have a heart problem.

I want to see my children as I love them dearly but I am  worried about how we will all keep safe.

Needless to say all this worry is not doing my anxiety any good lol!

Wishing you well ladies.

K.
I have just had a chat with my Dad. He insists he doesn't mind staying on his own and seems quite concerned about the risk of exposure to his 2 grandsons who are school age (1 primary and 1 secondary).
I can see why you are unsure Kathleen.
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Shadyglade

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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2020, 10:28:18 PM »

We all live near each other in our family anyway and see each other often so no one travelling or distant relatives. Just me at my daughters for Christmas dinner so five of us, in the afternoon my ex husband, his wife and my ex mum in law will pop round for about an hour. My other daughter, hubby and the baby some time inn the afternoon for a few hours. No one stays over and festivities are just for the one day, not five. We'll wash our hands and not do any hugging..haven't hugged my own daughters since March..but won't be sitting with windows open or using seperate towels.
I've been torn all through covid between not wanting to take risks and waiting for better times but also not having time to waste as I dont know how many more Christmases I've got.

Oh Teresa  :bighug:

That's what I've been trying to say really.  We none of us know how much time we have.  Life is for living.
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Salad

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Re: Managing COVID Christmas.
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2020, 11:51:12 PM »

I think you do what feels right for you and your family - keeping within the guidelines.  :)
We’re going to our son and his girlfriend, but we’ve all decided to self-isolate before we meet up. I am on the shielding list.
I think the private tests would be great, but not sure of the costs.
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sheila99

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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2020, 11:52:23 AM »

Kathleen, given your husbands age and underlying medical condition surely he is at higher risk of dying if he gets it? I understand the need to see your children though.

I wasn't looking forwards to the first Xmas we spent without visitors but actually I enjoyed it. It was stress free - no need for the house to be sparkling, didn't matter that turkey wasn't in the oven at 6am, got up in jimjams, watched what we wanted on TV (no queen's speech) etc. I don't think anyone should be on there own unless they choose to be but there are worse things than a visitor free Xmas. In the next few months the vulnerable will be vaccinated and normal life can resume.
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