The pandemic has resulted in a series on restrictions for Thanksgiving, as I mentioned in a previous article.
As far as Christmas celebrations here in America are concerned, it appears that no restrictions have been announced- at least not yet. The closest thing to restrictions would be guidelines in some parts of the country (e.g. having a certain amount of people in one’s household, travel advisories). Nor have any penalties for violating such restrictions have been announced. I wonder if a jury would convict anyone who did violate the restrictions should any penalties be imposed.
New Year’s celebrations could face restrictions in some parts of America, although it is unclear at this point what exactly they will be. One particular restriction is the Rose Bowl not being given an exemption by the State of California to have fans in attendance. As a result, the game will be played in Arlington, Texas on New Year’s Day.
But whatever restrictions and/or guidelines take place here in America for the holidays, they are nothing compared to what is happening throughout Europe, which are as follows:
- In Germany, schools, stores, and nearly everything else have been closed, while Christmas markets and New Year’s fireworks have been canceled.
- In Spain, Christmas gatherings are limited to ten people (including children).
- In Austria, people are to stay in their homes between 8 PM and 6 AM, which will impact restaurants, bars, markets, and possibly any factories or warehouses that have nightshifts.
- In the Netherlands, a five-week lockdown has been imposed, which will end on January 20. In addition, no one in that country can book non-essential travel until the middle of March.
- In Italy, Midnight Christmas Masses have been canceled, no one is allowed to leave the cities/towns in which they live, and a curfew has been imposed. In addition, the Italian people have been told not to kiss or hug one another at Christmas (so much for the mistletoe).
- In France, anyone who likes to ski is in for a disappointment because the authorities have closed the ski slopes. In addition, curfews and travel restrictions have been imposed, and police are patrolling the border between France and Switzerland should any French citizen decide to sneak into Switzerland for some holiday fun. This is ironic given the number of Muslim migrants that the French (and other European nations for that matter) take in.
Thus, these restrictions have become the latest front in the War on Christmas. I wouldn’t be surprised if any Muslim or atheist who is opposed to Christmas is gleeful over the restrictions.