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Ring-a-bell


22 Dec 2020 3:22PM
Thousands of people will stand on their doorsteps and ring bells for two minutes on Christmas Eve, as part of a campaign to combat loneliness. (Reported by the BBC)

This seems like a very good idea to me. I know personally of 10 people, who because of the covid restrictions will now spend Christmas on their own so I shall be 'ringing a bell' and also contacting people who I know are on their own to say Merry Christmas. It can also be a way of saying Merry Christmas and Thank You to all the NHS staff who, although they won't be on their own, will be in hospitals caring for those with the virus. I know there are some who still say 'Bah Humbug' but lets us try to make the very best of it as my parents and many others, made the 'best of it' with rationing and blackout during the Second World War. My memories of those times are that people came together and helped one another - so let's please do this who 'soldier on'.

BTW it is at 6 oclock
Dave_Canon 14 2.0k United Kingdom
22 Dec 2020 5:37PM
We are going round our local area to look at the advent displays by locals and my wife (Chairman of the residents Association) will be giving presents to the children at the houses involved. My son and girlfriend will accompany us suitably masked and spaced; in previous years lots of our neighbours went round in one large group which is not appropriate this year. My son will visit us on Xmas day for traditional food & drink. My wife is aware of those alone and on Xmas day she is providing hot Turkey for several (they will have to produce their own potatoes etc.). She had a dress rehearsal a few weeks ago and it worked very well. It means that we will share our turkey with six others which means we won't have to be eating turkey for a week.

Dave
22 Dec 2020 5:46PM
Thats wonderful Dave, and you could ring a bell as you go round - just like Father Christmas - which would also say 'thank you' to the NHS who have worked so relentlessly this year.
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
23 Dec 2020 12:31AM
Sorry to be a cynic but for the life of me I can't see how ringing a bell is going to make anyone feel less lonely.

Is it more to make those who are not lonely feel good and rather virtuous?
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.3k 9 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2020 7:31AM

Quote:Sorry to be a cynic but for the life of me I can't see how ringing a bell is going to make anyone feel less lonely.

Is it more to make those who are not lonely feel good and rather virtuous?



I'll not be joining in either.
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Dec 2020 8:02AM

Quote:Thousands of people will stand on their doorsteps and ring bells


because thousands of people have a bell. Wink
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
23 Dec 2020 9:02AM

Quote:

I'll not be joining in either.


Neither shall I.
Big Bri 19 16.7k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2020 9:12AM

Quote:
Quote:Thousands of people will stand on their doorsteps and ring bells


because thousands of people have a bell. Wink



There must be an app for that?
sausage Plus
16 695 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2020 9:19AM
I'm sorry but I'll not be joining in ringing a bell. What is that going to do for lonely people? Best thing is to go round and visit them (Covid restrictions aware)
23 Dec 2020 10:12AM
Well I find that quite incredible. As someone who lives alone and has been completely alone for the last 9 months, (have been to the doctor's twice in the time - my only outings), personally I have had the offer of visits from family and friends but I am extremely cautious as I know that if I caught this virus it would be certain death (and if jester thinks that is melodramatic - it is the truth). Hearing bells ringing would actually make me aware that people haven't forgotten that I am here, and that at this time they are wishing me well. The latest curve in the road toward some relief has very nearly driven me over the edge but with a vaccine almost within touching distance I carry on. Suggesting a visit would not be accepted!!! I know that my friends feel the same. They shun visits and they are totally isolated - it is the only way that those in a real predicament feel safe.
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Dec 2020 8:12PM
I understand that if you were sans cloche tonight, you could bang a saucepan.



Now if Id known that in advance.

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