Those of you with the misfortune of knowing me in person will probably have realised by now I'm not the most social of people, but one side effect of Covid quarantine has been the uptick in our Christmas spirit, particularly in our neighbourhood, this year.
As well as organising regular - and highly successful - food drives to support our local food banks, several enterprising households also, via a community WhatsApp group that Rachel joined, encouraged people to decorate the frontages of their properties.
This snowballed until nearly every house in our road (out of about 120 homes) had some form of light display.
I suspect there was some friendly rivalry involved, and several people added that it became quite addictive.
A number of "socially distant" street parties were also hastily organised, evenings when we all wandered up and down the road, checking out each other's displays, chatting, and generally getting to know each other.
And, I guess, isn't that the true spirit of Christmas? Finding a chink of light at the darkest time of the year. A community coming together and celebrating the fact that we've made it through revolution of the globe around the sun.
And what a year!
Sadly, I don't think 2021 is going to be much better - with Covid showing no sign of going away anytime soon, even with the vaccine now being rolled out, and the omnishambles that is Brexit gearing up to hit big time - but hopefully we can all continue to find comfort and joy in our friends, family, and neighbours.
Look after each other.
Don't be a dick.
Find pleasure in your hobbies.
Wash your hands. Keep six feet apart. Wear a mask.
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