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Christmas in the Shadow of COVID

Coen Van Wyk

Posted on December 26, 2020 04:42

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Much as we want to forget it, the virus is with us, and attacking with renewed virulence in South Africa. We decided to have a safe family get together, taking all precautions possible. And we wish you a happy festive season and a good 2021.

It’s been a hard Covid year for all of us. The slowdown of the economy has seen incomes cut severely and job security become a real concern. Which is why we decided, after carefully weighing the risks, to bring the family together for Christmas. A mask-refusing student of my wife was recently hospitalized with Covid, and only after we had established that she had not been in contact for more than two weeks could we plan our family get-together.

Sharing toys. Author's photo



The grandchildren seem to be oblivious to the threats, and learnt anew how to get on with each other. The boys worked together making lavender sachets for all the girls in the family. Grandson Diederick had instructed me to collect pine cones in our park, and asked his cousins to help paint and decorate them, because, he said, ‘sharing is important.’

Sharing is important. Decorating pine cones. Author's photo


Times are not easy, and parent who are not sure when and if clients will pay, or whether the price of their farm produce will cover costs still expressed hope for the future in the gifts they gave.

Making lavender sachets for grandmothers, mothers and cousins. Author's photo


While news reports of mass street parties, of hospitals running out of beds and oxygen, and of a new and virulent strain of the virus come in we celebrated our togetherness, our mutual support and love.

The coming year will be hard. The economy is under severe strain and is unlikely to recover anytime soon. But we have each other.

Coen Van Wyk

Posted on December 26, 2020 04:42

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The presenter previously said she would break Covid rules so her family could spend Christmas together.

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