EDITORIAL – Christmas travellers and revellers need to reconsider

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An  editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE OLD HOLIDAY SONG ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ will have to be re-titled this year to ‘I’ll Stay Home For Christmas’ or, at least, move the lyric “If only in my dreams” up top.

Dr. Bonnie Henry hasn’t cancelled Christmas but she’s certainly put a crimp in it with renewed orders on gatherings and travel. And last night’s evening news was all about Christmas-season lockdowns of various degrees across the country, with Canadians being told to stay home and cancel plans for big family reunions and dinners.

The question is, who will listen? An Angus Reid Institute poll found that many of us will ignore those rules. Christmas is just too big a family occasion to give it up easily. It’s the loneliest day of the year if there’s no one to celebrate with.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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