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Rebecca Tidy says her family went to a church carol concert before Christmas 

  • Event was a compromise to ensure only vaccinated relatives met on Xmas Day

  • UK-based writer vents fury after she and her grandmother contracted Covid  

  • By Rebecca Tidy For The Daily Mail

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    Roll on 2022 and good riddance to Christmas. The past week has been one of the most stressful of my life and it’s all thanks to our country’s obsession with Christmas.

    Or am I the only one with a mother who won’t let anything — not common sense and certainly not Covid — stand in the way of a huge family dinner?

    Earlier this month, I wrote in these pages how my family was at war over Christmas. My mum was determined to invite anti-vaxxer relatives along, hoping to cram us all into her overheated farmhouse as usual.

    My sister, Chloe, 32, and I were dead against it. We’ve made massive sacrifices over the past two years to keep ourselves and our families safe.

    Ironically, Mum used to be terrified of catching Covid. She refused to go to crowded places and was fanatical about forcing everyone to sanitise their hands. But then December 1 dawned and it was like she had a personality transplant. Come hell or high water, she was going to ‘do’ Christmas for everyone.

    Rebecca Tidy vents her frustration after contracting Covid before Christmas Day. Pictured: Rebecca with mum Sue

    Rebecca Tidy vents her frustration after contracting Covid before Christmas Day. Pictured: Rebecca with mum Sue

    I had no idea that the drama was only just kicking off.

    At first, as Christmas approached, it all began to look up. Mum announced she had found the perfect compromise: she would see our wider family at the church carol concert on Sunday, December 19 and then host my sister and me along with various vaccinated relatives on Christmas Day.

    I was relieved, but wary. The service at our lovely little Methodist church has always been a big part of our family Christmases. However, there was no way I was going this year because I know just how crowded it can get. Mum normally looks after my daughter, Mabel, on Sundays so I can work. But, for the same reason, I didn’t want Mabel going.

    Mabel, now three, was born prematurely and spent time on a ventilator. She’s only recently gained enough weight to be considered healthy.

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