How many sleeps until Christmas? Countdown is on for the big day

How many sleeps until Christmas? Countdown is on for the big day

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Very soon people will be exchanging presents with pals and eating lots of turkey, as Christmas is just over a week away. This year has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so many are looking forward to meeting family and friends over the Christmas bubble period as 2020 draws to a close.

This year Christmas will be very different to festive celebrations in previous years due to Covid-19.

With the rate of coronavirus infections spiking across many parts of the country, Christmas cannot go on as usual in 2020.

But across the UK people will be allowed to form temporary Christmas ‘bubbles’ this year, which can include members of up to three households.

Between December 23 and 27, people can meet with other households to celebrate the festive period.

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Although people will still be able to see friends and family this Christmas, people are being urged to take caution over Christmas to keep loved ones safe.

Next year there are hopes Christmas can return to normal, after it was announced earlier this month that one Covid vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.

In addition to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, several other Covid vaccines are currently being reviewed and are expected to be approved over the coming months.

But in the meantime, this Christmas is bound to mean a lot to people after several months of lockdown this year.

The Christmas bubble period runs until December 27, and normal rules on socialising based on the three-tier lockdown system will resume after this date.

People need to be back in their homes by midnight on December 27, as people cannot stay overnight into December 28.

People will be free to travel across all tiers during the Christmas bubble period.

People will also be allowed to travel between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland during this time.

The Christmas bubble period has been extended in Northern Ireland between December 22 and December 28, to allow for people to catch flights.

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How many sleeps are there until Christmas?

As of today (Monday, December 14), there are just 10 sleeps until Christmas Eve arrives and Santa Claus delivers presents.

This means people just have to wait eagerly for 11 more sleeps until Christmas Day.

Boxing Day is part of the Christmas bubble period this year, so people can meet with other households within their bubble on December 26 too.

When are the last bank holiday dates of 2020?

Christmas Day on Friday, December 25 is a bank holiday in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, Monday, December 28 is a substitute bank holiday day this year across the nations.

Friday, January 1 is also the New Year’s Day bank holiday as usual in 2021.

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