How imaginative Derby families managed to share Christmas lunch with relatives

People in Derby have revealed how they’ve been using technology and thinking out-of-the-box to chat to their loved ones in the most strangest of Christmases.

Unlike any other Christmas known in recent history, families were restricted in the number of people who could visit their home on the big day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

People living in Tier 3 cities and towns, such as Derby, have said how they have used Zoom and other live webcam services to chat to their loved ones and share special moments.

This has included children opening their presents in front of the camera for loved ones who were unable to be physically with them due to the restrictions.

Reader Sam Marie Hayes shared with us pictures of her family talking online using mobile phones and computers to share those special moments.

Families have still managed to share special moments with their loved ones despite the restrictions
(Image: Sam Marie Hayes)

And Amy Clark showed her family on video call to her parents while eating Christmas dinner.

Rules meant that homeowners could only have two other households in their home during Christmas Day – a slight ease of the regular restrictions imposed – to celebrate the festive day.

But those living in Tier 4 locations were not even allowed to do that.

On Facebook, Derbyshire Live readers explained how they were spending time with their loved ones on Christmas Day.

Laura Burrill had an ‘alfresco’ style Christmas dinner with her family
(Image: Laura Burrill)

Rebecca Freeman said: “Zoom meeting with my family, got a good hour in so was kind of like being together.”

Emma-Joanne Thompson said: “We saw all the family by portal call, wouldn’t see anyone in person at the moment as almost all our family live in Kent.”

And Laura Burrill said she was thankful of the sunny Christmas weather as she had dinner with her family “alfresco style” in her Derbyshire home – with some having to eat outside.

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