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That’s better but not as much fun.
And toward the middle.
Often people look forward to shopping for holiday gifts, Christmas or other. Decorating their homes, which they can still do. They won’t be able to go to church as usual. No crowded Christmas Eve services or midnight Mass. No traveling to be with family. No office parties, big family gatherings, no hours around the tree opening presents. No caroling because singing has been banned. No big Thanksgiving dinners where people who are otherwise alone might be invited.
Lots of people in despair, most likely. I wonder how many elderly will expire alone without that traditional mid-winter uplifting that has been around for centuries.
The savvy people will quietly mail Christmas cards with some cell phone sized Faraday pouches and instructions as to where the clandestine gathering will be, and how to turn off the phone and keep from being tracked, and BYOB, and how to travel without a lot of cars parked in front of a flat, maybe some good VIetnam War era instructions about light and noise discipline to not draw the attention of nosy neighbors or the long arm of the law.
Best is to get some automotive headliner adhesive or pool table felt adhesive and aluminum foil. Spray it on the foil and glue it to the windows on the inside to block excess light. It also blocks other wavelengths that can be used to spy on the gatherings and count the number of people inside - lessons learned by reading about some tools used in hostage rescue and SWAT / military determination of occupants in a room or building.
Then learn the techniques of bootleg cannabis grow operations to avoid telltale thermal infrared signatures and abnormal utility usages that lead to detection and being busted.
You want the people to quietly infiltrate one by one at sufficiently staggered intervals, much like how people were quietly slipped in and out of speakeasies. If it's a fairly rural gathering, one should also carefully look at how to conceal various cars and trucks from observation beyond the perimeter, and also overhead cover to thwart easy observation by drone, manned aircraft, or even spy satellites.
One trick if planned in advance, is to build cheap wooden mockups of cars and trucks so that there are plenty of them long before the gathering. As guests arrive, you pick up the mockup, have them park there, then set the mockup on stilts over the actual car, so subsequent satellite imagery shows everything looking the same as it did back in September or October.
Nosy neighbors with drones would also not notice the gatherings (again a farm or rural acreage kind of thing).
The option of course for Californians is to slip into Nevada or Arizona and hold the holidays at relatives' places without such heavy restrictions.
In the UK and other densely populated areas, they are probably just SOL.
Those are good ideas, also hilarious. They would have to have rural relatives inviting them to dinner. For that much work, I’d rather stay home and cook.
Yeah - it's sort of like organizing an illegal rave or how to deal recreational pharmaceuticals without getting caught. Problem is, most people who have not operated in the underworld and thus lack street smarts and "cop radar" don't know how. So they get busted.
Of course many of the others are likely to have *one* guest who is asymptomatic, and suddenly there's a big outbreak of a bunch of people right after the holidays.
It's best to stay home and cook, or stay home and sleep and pop something in the microwave.
For anyone who a holiday is a big social event, missing one will be devastating. For those who don’t want to get sick under any circumstances, staying home is better than taking a chance. It’s going to be a different holiday season. Who is going to cook a huge turkey if there isn’t a big gathering to help eat it?