OK, I guess it’s time to fess up.
We have not been 100% compliant with CDC and state guidelines when it comes to the Covid lockdowns.
One night this past spring on a Friday night, while our region was in a lockdown my wife, son, and I decided to take a drive into Philadelphia just to see what the city looked like during a lockdown. As you might imagine there were very few cars on the road and even fewer people walking the streets. It was kind of depressing.
We drove around the University of Pennsylvania, Rittenhouse Square, City Hall, and South Street, and hardly a soul in sight. We were probably gone for a total of 90 minutes. I’m not sure what would’ve happened if we had been stopped and asked what we were doing but fortunately that never happened.
Well, thanks to Santa, I can let go of my guilt.
According to Tesco‘s Christmas ad, Santa is absolving all customers of anything that might have landed them a place on the ‘naughty list’ this year – from bad video call etiquette to buying too much loo roll – and instead encourages them to indulge as much as they want this Christmas.
Here’s the ad:
At one point in the video Captain Tom is mentioned. He sounded vaguely familiar but he still couldn’t place the name, so I had to look them up and then it all came back. In case you forgot, here is some background info on Captain Tom:
In case you forgot, here is some background info on Captain Tom:
On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk laps of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the United Kingdom, generating much interest in his life story, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations. He featured in a cover version of the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” sung by Michael Ball, with proceeds going to the same charity. The single topped the UK music charts and made him the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.
On the morning of his hundredth birthday the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with expected tax rebates). His birthday was marked in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He received over 150,000 cards, and was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College. On 17 July 2020, he was invested as a Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle.
Can you believe some people didn’t donate to Captain Tom?
Now I don’t feel so bad about my illicit drive into Philadelphia.
But it doesn’t matter, Santa has absolved all of us.
So go out and enjoy Christmas this year!