The Corona year is drawing to a close – with another great challenge: Christmas! Because in the capital there will be no easing over the holidays. So what to do Unload grandma and grandpa, flee the city or give presents to a selected group? BZ asked Berliners how they spend the holidays.
By Alina Göring
After the federal-state resolutions on Wednesday, it was clear: Berlin, which has been a corona hotspot for a long time, will have to particularly sharpen the corona measures. The bad news followed on Thursday: The agreed relaxation of the contact restrictions over Christmas and New Year’s Eve does not apply in Berlin.
Accordingly, a maximum of five people can meet over the holidays, plus children up to 14 years. In the rest of Germany, up to ten people plus children are allowed to come together “in close family or friends” from December 23 to January 1.
Five party-mad bachelors from five different households can celebrate together. The family of four with two children over the age of 14 has to decide whether to invite grandma or grandpa. Both together are forbidden!
We flee from Berlin
Sandra L. (28) does not want to come to terms with the tough rules so easily. So that it doesn’t get lonely under the Christmas tree at home, she fled the city with her daughter Emma (5), father Martin V. (30) and her new partner. “Christmas without the whole family is not an option – especially for the children,” she says.
“We’re fleeing! We are actually always around 15 people with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, partners, children and cousins. Of course that doesn’t work now, ”says the employee. And further: “The older ones in the family have already signed off on their own initiative. That is of course sad, but one day is not worth the risk. The annual visit to the church will also be adventurous this year: “With distances and a mask, the Christmas spirit is missing a bit.”
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So that the little ones are not disappointed – because of course Santa Claus is not allowed to come either – Marion Hannan (30) has already thought of a solution: “The Christ Child will not appear in person this year and will only leave some stardust. After all, it also has to adhere to the rules. ”
We celebrate separately
Marion Hannan (30) spends Christmas Eve with her daughter Mathilda (2) with her parents. Her partner Sascha Seegert (38) is with his family with their daughter Matilda (3). “We celebrate separately anyway, we are a real blended family. With us it will only be difficult because my siblings will probably not be able to bring their partners with them, ”says the self-employed from Steglitz.
The couple have no specific plans for the first and second holidays. Hannan: “We will somehow routinely run around in a small group, you don’t want to unload anyone.” Currently, both of them work in the home office, avoiding all contacts and appointments whenever possible: “We want to keep the risk as low as possible for Christmas.”
We are considering taking the risk
Cornelia W. (61) and Bernhard D. (75) will spend the party together with their two sons and their wives. Fondue is eaten together on Christmas Eve.
“We’ll split that up over the holidays,” says the teacher from Charlottenburg.
She wears a mask at work, but all-round protection is simply not possible in classes with 25 children: “I still don’t know how we do it with my mother. She is 95 years old and shouldn’t be sitting at home alone. Especially since I don’t know whether it might be our last Christmas together. We are already considering taking the risk. ”
Charlottenburg instead of the Caribbean
Artist Maria Fernanda (60) actually spends the cold season and the days between Christmas and New Year with her family in the Caribbean every year. “This year I will only celebrate with my daughter and my husband, because he is a bit older and belongs to the risk group,” said the native Venezuelan. The Charlottenburg apartment will now be festively decorated, delicious food will be served, a bottle of wine will be decapitated and the family will be brought around via Skype.
Fernanda: “I especially miss the cultural offerings in the run-up to Christmas. We are actually always on the go, whether at markets, concerts or at the opera. ”
We celebrate in the smallest
Bugi Z. (74) actually spends Christmas in large groups. “Last year we were ten people. This time I’ll just make myself comfortable with my sister, my niece and my four-year-old great-niece, ”says the pensioner from Charlottenburg. For the festive atmosphere she now decorates fir branches, on Christmas Eve she cooks fish, beetroot soup and ravioli for her few guests.
Z .: “Luckily we all live very close to each other, maybe we will meet again in a small group somewhere over the holidays. But giving presents for the little one is a must. ”
Skype with the family
Tony Baez (45) actually lives in LA with his wife Susanne and their sons Malcolm (16) and Nelson (5), but until February the family is still working in Berlin: “After we spent three months instead of two weeks in Berlin in the middle of the year Madrid have been stuck and weren’t even allowed to go out, it is a double shame that there is no Christmas mood at all because all markets are open, ”said the music producer.
At Christmas they’ll join friends at the festival via video conference. “That’s how we did it on Thanksgiving and ate the turkey together in front of the screen, so to speak.”