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Christmas tidings from Tovey Bros

21st December 2020

Everyone at Tovey Bros would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a safe and peaceful Christmas with a happier, healthier 2021 on the horizon. Very few will be sorry to see the old year out and the new coming in. The pandemic has meant the loss of so many things we care about and that give our lives meaning.

In the words of Dr Bill Webster, grief expert and longstanding friend of Tovey Bros: “We are grieving more than those who died, we are lamenting life as we knew it, feeling our world has changed, and coming to terms with this new reality. Some of life’s most meaningful celebrations and rituals have been cancelled – 2020 will go down as the year the world pressed the ‘pause’ button.

“However you decide to celebrate, remember that it’s ok to feel sad about this season not being the same as Christmases past. But if we can look at holiday-related changes as an opportunity to get creative, you and your family will enjoy more time making memories and less time feeling like this year is incomplete due to pandemic restrictions.

“Admittedly it’s difficult to replicate the joy of being with friends and family, and while technology has made it easier than ever to stay in touch, nothing beats giving someone you love a hug at Christmas. But if you can’t be with friends and loved ones due to physical or social distance, virtual holiday get-togethers are the next best thing to make new kinds of lasting memories and help maintain strong connections.”

Dr Bill has shared a few suggestions to make a difference both to loved ones or to those who do not have family or others to share Christmas with, even virtually, who may be finding that loneliness, isolation and feelings of abandonment have been the worst part of this year.

  • Phone someone every day – even these small, unexpected surprises and gestures go a long way
  • Sending someone a small gift during a difficult time can be a meaningful expression of kindness; a movie gift card or subscription to a magazine, book club or playlist can be a thoughtful present
  • Send a meal through a local restaurant online or via a food delivery service such as Just Eat.

And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover new ways of celebrating that will become a family tradition post-virus.

James Tovey added: “As ever, we thank each and every one of you for bearing with us in what has been an challenging year for us all and we are so appreciative of your patience and support during such difficult times. Please stay safe and enjoy the festive season as much as possible in the circumstances.”

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