It seems a little insensitive to be offering season greetings when so much of the world is in upheaval. I believe 2020 has to be the scariest year of my lifetime. My family and close friends have escaped the terrible consequences of Covid 19. We’ve also escaped the hardship many face due to the necessary restrictions imposed on us all. The world suddenly became such a scary place this year.
I continue to be so grateful for the attitude of New Zealand’s leaders and their swift response to this terrible epidemic. In our little corner of the world, we live in relative safety, although remaining vigilant to another possible outbreak. Large gatherings can be enjoyed and we can welcome in the Christmas period with joy I know so many others can’t. Season greetings from New Zealand are heartfelt, knowing most Kiwis have family in other parts of the world.
Worries about possible Covid outbreaks during the summer weigh heavy on our health professionals. Hopefully with the continued adherence by each person’s personal responsibility, we will again emerge triumphant over this epidemic. It is sad we have no tourists visiting our shores, but we can still enjoy the summer by ourselves. We’ll try to help our tourist providers by getting out and enjoying our own country.
Are you able to plan a family Christmas? I know so many can’t. While it is such a special family day, it is only ONE day. If hunkering down and missing some of these special times is what it takes to beat this disease, surely this is worthwhile. Please remain safe and consider others if you are out and about where Covid is still alive and thriving.
For my kiwi friends and fans, I can wish you all a very merry Christmas. Have a great time in the sun with family and friends, and remember our new rule, slip, slop, slap, and scan. But to those of you in other parts of the world, I can only pray that you remain safe and well. Take care and always remember, be kind to yourself and others.