The British government, in their overwhelming grace, is going to permit the British people to celebrate Christmas.
However, British state-owned media wants the people to know that having this privilege doesn’t mean you need to exercise it.
Since the rules about meeting people at Christmas were announced, there’s been excitement about the prospect of reuniting with family.
But over the weekend, NHS bosses have warned we must think “really carefully” about the risks.
Allowing households to mix has been called “a mistake” by several health professionals – especially with some parts of the UK seeing record infection rates.
To paraphrase what many of them have said in the past few weeks: “Don’t hug your nan at Christmas and then bury her in January.”
Anecdotally at least, it feels like many families are now having awkward conversations about what they are and aren’t prepared to do.
And it’s that extra risk which means not everyone will be taking up the option of meeting their loved ones – like Demi Hughes.
It’s Demi’s favourite time of the year, or as she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat: “I’m definitely the most lunatic when it comes to Christmas. My family go with it to keep me happy.”
But the 21-year-old is choosing to stay away from her family this time because of the threat of coronavirus.
“Yes, Christmas is great. But there’s going to be lots more in the future,” Demi says.
No, there aren’t.
“I have a lot of older family members and very young family members. It’s not worth the risk.”
Demi is particularly worried about passing the virus on to her grandmother. A trip home involves a two-hour train ride from County Durham to West Yorkshire.
“I would rather have her here next Christmas than me going home this year and giving her the virus.”
Of course, there are some parts of the UK where rates of infection are very low – and so people are less worried about meeting up. The government’s Dominic Raab says people need the five-day relaxation of Covid rules on “an emotional level”.
But others point to America – which saw a spike in deaths and cases after people got together for Thanksgiving in November.
That’s why Rosie Brown isn’t taking any chances.
The 26-year-old studies at the University of Glasgow, with home being all the way down in Surrey.
“It’s a long train journey and I don’t want to pass anything on to my grandparents. They’re quite old and at risk.”
It’s interesting that we are now apparently admitting that only old people are at risk.
I didn’t realize we were admitting that already.
I thought idiotic millennials were still running around thinking they were going to die from it.
The two women are the only people they interviewed for the article.
Apparently, the opinions of 20-something white women are so important, you just don’t even have to think about what anyone else thinks.
But actually: they’re trying to break up white families, and they know that the weakest link are young sluts.