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Barrie family celebrates Christmas in March during pandemic

'For us, it’s been a bit of a scary time, but we don’t want the kids to feel that'

BARRIE — While some residents may be going stir crazy stuck in their Barrie homes due to COVID-19, the Hewitt family is making it the most wonderful time of the year, again.

Chantal Hewitt, her husband Curtis and their three kids — nine-year-old Mason, eight-year-old Lyla, and two-year-old Norah  decided to bring a little Christmas cheer to their home while they self-isolate by celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day again this week in their east-end home.

“Our favourite time of year is Christmas. We love those traditions, like playing games and reading books. We decided to have a turkey dinner and it kind of evolved from there,” said Chantal.

Hewitt runs a small child-care business, which she admits she does have some concerns about in light of the pandemic.

“For us, it’s been a bit of a scary time, but we don’t want the kids to feel that,” she said. “We’re just trying to focus; on each day we do something nice for a neighbour, or making someone smile.”

On Wednesday, the Hewitt family treated the night like it was Christmas Eve, decorating the inside and outside of their home, reading The Night Before Christmas together and having a couple of cookies before bed.

“This morning, we woke up and had hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, which is one of our Christmas traditions, and we watched a Christmas movie,” Hewitt said. “Tonight, when my husband gets home from work, we’ll have our turkey dinner and play some games and spend some special family time together.”

Hewitt says she’s been focusing with her kids on mental health during the pandemic.

“We thought it would be a good way to get the kids’ minds off of things while we’re stuck inside. We wanted to refocus our mental health and focus on what makes us happy and enjoy the time together,” she said. “We’re trying to keep it as positive as we can.

“We’re just trying to put a smile on everyone’s faces while keeping our distance,” she added.


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Jessica Owen

About the Author: Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is an experienced journalist working for Village Media since 2018, primarily covering Collingwood and education.
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