As we all have felt that 2020 has been up in the air, and our lives have been a bit all over the place, so have our children. With lockdown restrictions so close to Christmas, and many family members unable to celebrate with each other, Christmas markets cancelled and Christmas cheer fading slightly.. many children have felt worried that Father Christmas would not be allowed to deliver their presents this year!
8 year old Monti decided to take things in to his/her hands by writing to the Prime Minister asking for answers as to whether Father Christmas will be dropping off presents this year. The adorable letter read:
“Dear Mr Johnson.
I am 8 years old and I was wondering if the government had thought about Santa coming this Christmas.
If we leave hand sanitiser by the cookies can he come? Or will he wash his hands?
I understand you are very busy, but can you and the scientists please talk about this.
In a post on the Prime Minister’s public Facebook page, Boris Johnson shared the letter and stated that he gets lots of letters about this, assuring the children of Britain that he and the experts have spoken about the matter. He promises that “Father Christmas will be packing his sleigh and delivering presents this Christmas!”
His letter in response to Monti read:
Many thanks for your letter which raises the very important question of whether Father Christmas will be able to deliver presents this year in spite of Coronavirus.
I know millions of other children are asking the same thing. Just to make sure I have put in a call to the North Pole and I can tell you Father Chistmas is ready and raring to go, as are Rudolph and all of the other reindeer.
The Chief Medical Officer has asked me to tell you that, provided Father Christmas behaves in his usual responsible way and works quickly and safely, there are no risks to your health of his.
Leaving hand sanitiser by the cookies is an excellent idea to help prevent the spread of the virus – and using it yourself, and washing your hands regularly is exactly the kind of this that will get you and your friends on the nice list.
Thank you again for your letter, and have a very Merry Christmas.
Many members of the public have responded to the post with praise for the Prime Minister, delighted that they have an official letter to show their children, in order to life their spirits this Christmas.
One of the top comments by Julie Breckon read:
“This is the nicest thing you’ve done all year Boris, it’s lovely. So many poor kids are worrying about this. We went to Lapland last Christmas so our kids feel like they know the big man personally, so we assured our kids that even if there’s a lockdown, Santa won’t let them down, he’ll be here as usual. This has been the hardest year in the lives of many children and to have that reassurance from the government will really lift their spirits. I’ll show the letter to my kids“