Christmas lights are something that people can do to celebrate the season that are not impacted by COVID-19. (file photo)

OUR VIEW: Holidays will be different this year

This Christmas is going to be very different for our communities on Vancouver Island.

The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled many of the standard (and beloved) Christmas events that we get together and celebrate during these dark winter months.

Many of the Campbell River area’s traditional events have been either cancelled altogether, or augmented/adjusted due to the pandemic.

Work is underway to make the truck Light Parade – a perennial favourite for this time of year – an online event that although not the same as being there in person, will still cheer the hearts of those who catch it. That’s the the spirit of the Campbell River area – pandemic? We have to do something different? Then alright, let’s roll up our sleeves and do it! We saw it happen at Canada Day last summer and that “let’s do it!” attitude is still there for Christmas.

Those are just a few of the examples of the adjustments being made in our community. We expect to hear even more cancellations and adjustments, especially if the COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket as they have been.

It is incumbent upon each of us to do our part so that we reverse that trend. It wasn’t that long ago that we could not imagine daily case counts over 200. Now we are well into the 700 range and growing. Echoing the pleas from our public health officials, we urge people not to travel to the Mainland unless they have to, limit their social circle, physically distance when in public, wash your hands, and wear a mask when indoors in a public place or in a crowd.

As for making the season special, we’ll have to adjust our Christmas plans this year. Listening to all your favourite Christmas music is still a great way to have fun, and if you’re home or in your car, you can feel free to sing along. Decorating your indoor and outdoor spaces can be a lot of fun, too. As Christmas draws closer, a family drive to see the Christmas lights and displays in people’s yards can be a good, safe way to celebrate.

Christmas won’t be the same this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be the uplifting season we all need now more than ever.

-Black Press

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