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Tips for the Festive season

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Think by now, most of us know this festive season is pretty different from usual. This time of year can bring many stressors at the best of times around costs, who to spend Christmas with, feeling the need to be 'jolly' when we don't feel very jolly at all, and more.

To help keep infection rates down and minimise risks of transmission we have a balancing act this year to consider what we can do, what we want to do, and what we need to do, which overall will keep those we love safe and help us all get back to some kind of normality.

It is important we are aware of the guidance for over the festive period and this is on the Scottish Government website www.gov.scot

This offers information about 'Christmas Bubbles' with friends and family and also tips on how to reduce risk to yourself and those you love if you decide to spend time together. Remember, while we can make a Christmas Bubble if we feel we really need to if we decide to help keep everyone safe to wait and have a family/friend get together properly in 2021 we can choose to do that too. 

Also remember the rules for the rest of the time which can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/ as different authorities can be at different levels, and aiming to get as many authorities to as low a level as possible in 2021 would be a great Christmas present for most of us.

REMEMBER CHRISTMAS BUBBLES ARE FOR A SHORT PERIOD BETWEEN THE 23rd and 27th DECEMBER 2020 ONLY. THE REST OF THE TIME THE RESTRICTIONS FOR OUR AREAS APPLY

There are no two ways about it, it is natural to be feeling pretty fed up with it all, and as we are in winter and it is cold and damp this doesn't lift our mood either. We miss our friends, our family, our familiar routines, and the ongoing restrictions on what we can and can't do, the family events postponed or missed, the list goes on……

The thing to hold onto is, we are learning more about the virus, we do have vaccines and the vaccination programme has started. We may have different experiences of COVID-19, but we are not alone, this is a pandemic, and the same challenges are being faced by people and families all over the world.

We have put together these wee tips, they won't have all the answers, but they may help even a wee bit to help get us through what for many will be a strange festive time. As a wise wee bear once said

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." — Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh.

We can get through this, not saying it will be easy and for some, it may be harder than others, but, if we look out for ourselves and each other, we can look forward to a time when this is behind us and we begin to rebuild.

Remember, you matter, and people do care

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