Covid-19: ‘I’ll be hosting my Christmas over Zoom’

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image copyrightGail Buckieimage captionGail says it's sad not being able to see family members, but people will make more effort

When a leading medical expert urged people to prepare for a "digital Christmas" last week, the response was mixed. But amid the frustration and "mistletoe and Zoom" jokes, some people were already rearranging their plans.

"I imagine the iPad and FaceTime will be on pretty much the whole day on Christmas Day," says Gail Buckie, from Edinburgh.

Gail's family live about 150 miles away on the Isle of Mull and she says "there's no way we'll be able to see them over Christmas" – especially with her mother considered vulnerable.

But she says she's already putting "a lot more effort" into this year's festivities – and has even booked Santa to visit her children at her doorstep because they won't be able to go to a grotto like usual.

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"We've already started to stock up on extra Christmas lights," she tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "I think I've probably, in the past, been a bit more 'less is more' type thing, but with the children spending so much time inside, we're going to decorate their bedroom.

"It will be just a wee small thing for us," she says. "But we'll make it extra special trying to keep connected."

It's still too early to say what Christmas will be like for everyone.

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