Johnson is resisting the resignation of Christmas in the UK against the coronavirus

The paradox for Mr. Johnson, the leader seeking approval, is that the public advocates a tougher approach. According to a recent poll by Ipsos MORI, almost half of people said they thought Christmas rules were not strict enough. About two in five said the truth, and only 10 percent said they were too harsh.

These results may seem surprising given Britain’s insistence on Christmas. The festivities spread over two days, and December 26 is also a national holiday called Boxing Day. Some put the extravagant celebration of Christmas in the Victorian era when it began symbolizes some of the common values ​​of the nation.

“They saw this as a symbol of British home and family love, respect for traditions and the past, and a common way of life in a society divided by class and politics,” said Martin Johnes, a professor of history at the University of History. Swansea.

“During World War II,” he said, “some considered it important to celebrate Christmas because he summed up everything people were fighting for.”

Giles Fraser, rector of St Mary’s Church in Newington, South London, agreed that Christmas “plays a central role in the cultural psyche” – so much so that he said he wasn’t sure it was fully appreciated by decision-makers. e how central to people’s morale was.

Mr Fraser, who works in economically disadvantaged parts of London, said the need to celebrate this year was particularly acute after the deaths, illnesses and job losses of the pandemic. My own parish recently suffered a blow when its church collapsed after a suspicious arson attack.

For Mr. Fraser, the epidemic involved planning compromises such as moving the choir’s vocals outside the church. However, giving up Christmas would be “an existential blow to the well-being of peoples in a way they might not even understand elsewhere,” he said. “That’s why politicians are so reluctant to take it.”