I live in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 so to me this time of the year is Christmas, but across the world there are lots of other festivals and celebrations I don’t know about so if you don’t celebrate Christmas, can I wish you a peaceful, stress-free time.

Covid19 has changed our way of living forever. This year I’m unable to spend the time with my son and future daughter-in-law as the place where I live has now moved into tier four. We will be spending the holidays alone. The meals I had planned will be down sized as there is just the two of us. Today, Christmas Day my son will be video linking with us so we can see each other and open our presents 🎁 .

This made me think about when the Black Death or bubonic plague of 1347-1351 (the first wave) it was established it caused the death of 25 million people in Europe alone. The first known case in England was when a seaman arrived in Dorset in June 1348, by the autumn the plague had hit London and then the following year most of the rest of England. The plague was caused by yersinia pestis bacteria 🦠 and was spread by flea-infected rats 🐀.

It must have been terrible for families at that time. Having no contact with each other. In today’s world we are linked 24/7. We can buy all our needs and wants online and have it delivered to our door. Imagine yourself and your family back in the thirteen hundreds living hand to mouth. Relying on what you can grow and store through the winter. Here in 2020, information is freely available, we can prepare ourselves and our family for dangers in advance, which is why we had panic buying.

Here’s a link that explains the terrible cost and spread of the disease across Europe. The Black Death

With a better understanding of how viruses work we have been able to care for our sick 😷. This has given us the chance to stop the spread and fight the virus, but at the moment we are not beating it. Like in the time of the Black Death 💀 there has been too many deaths which will change our way of living.

High unemployment and the loss of earnings with have a knock on effect for years to come. Now countries outside of Britain are stopping lorries and planes from leaving our shores we may suffer food shortages. Like in the past, all great moments in history is a collection of circumstances and unrelated events which bring about the biggest changes. It will be interesting to see what happens in ten years times. How different will our lives be?

Will we be a more caring society? We will have a better understanding how natural world and humanity is linked so we don’t create the same situation which caused the outbreak that lead to the creation of the Black Death and the Covid19 virus.

This festive season is about looking back over the year and remembering family members who can’t be with us for what ever reason. This year we should also remember how lucky we are to live in a time when we can make contact with the those who live far away from us via the internet, by phone or letter. To know those who are unwell or elderly are being care for by others who have given up seeing or being with their own families.

May I wish you all a peaceful Christmas (Festival) and I look forward to to seeing you all in the New Year. Please keep safe. 😷


  1. Merry Christmas, Paula. I agree with you, we are luckier than those in the past. I’ve seen my little granddaughter open her presents this morning thanks to the wonders of technology, and my husband has been able to talk to his mum on the phone. Here’s hoping next year is a better year for all of us! Have a lovely Christmas Day.

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  2. Hi Paula! This is brilliantly written. Thank you so much for sharing this thoughtful essay with us. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones (and all of us!) a safe and happy holiday season and especially here’s hoping 2021 is all we could ever want to be!! Peace be with you 🙂

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