This year I can get behind early Christmas


The John Lewis television advert is airing which means it’s Christmas. Not too sure I find the pigeons very endearing. In a normal year it would not be Christmas at all, what with it only being November. We would be enjoying the festive TV adverts as they trickled out but we would still be muttering “too early”.

But this isn’t a normal year. It’s the year of early Christmas for many people and I have already witnessed houses lit up with fairy lights. Early Christmas isn’t just to do with wishing 2020 would hurry up and end but also with trying to wring out some joy from it. The recent announcement regarding the relaxation of Coronavirus rules from 23rd to 27th December is really welcome. I’m motivated to fully embrace early Christmas and bring forward the decorating of the tree to the first week in December. I normally wait until at least the second or third week of December!

Spare a thought for the town of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, the “mistletoe capital” of the UK. For the past 160 years it has held a mistletoe auction but this year it has been cancelled because of the coronavirus restrictions.

So, Boris Johnson has confirmed an end to the national lockdown on December 2. With vaccines on the way, he has also outlined a roadmap to bring back “normal life” by Easter next year. Assuming the vaccines are approved by regulators, ministers expect the first injections to be provided in December before being rolled out widely in the new year. Let’s hope this happens as planned as I could do with a holiday! I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

More than 300 words and no mention of Brexit! Well, here are my thoughts.

The UK and EU have until the end of the transition period on 31st December to complete a trade deal. A deal would give a major boost to global confidence in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. As I write, the talks seem to be making more progress towards a deal with some positive words today from the European Commission President, Mrs Ursula von der Leyen. Who knows, by the time I next write, a deal could have been completed.

Until next time, I hope you and your family stay safe.

Peter Hill

Peter Hill