Friday September 18, 2020

Why Christmas 2020 will be like no other

There are just 103 sleeps until December 25, but what kind of Christmas are we facing? Across the country, those whose livelihoods depend on the festive season are still hoping it will be the most wonderful time of a torrid year

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
13th September, 2020

Last November, Santa Claus arrived in my local shopping centre.

The streets outside were lined with people and there was a ripple of excitement as the first children, perched on the taller shoulders, spotted him from afar. He was preceded by two officers from the Garda mounted unit and a pretty elf in a green festive dress and a red waistcoat, who was carrying a six-foot candy cane like a staff.

Santa’s gleaming black carriage...

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