PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain

THIS Christmas has been different to any other that most of us will have experienced in our life time.  The year has been full of uncertainty and constant change, with a pandemic plaguing the world and the UK’s exit from the EU up in the air (until yesterday).  But despite this, we have still managed to make this Christmas a magical one – even for those of us forced to spend Christmas by themselves.

Whether it be Zoom calls with whole family or meeting those you love for a social-distanced walk, we have overcome the obstacles facing us to keep today meryy and bright across Britain.  Mid-winter swims around the country proved a bracing beginning to the day for many, while enough snow fell in the North East for some to venture out on new sledges. Meanwhile, some care homes were able to welcome visitors with rapid coronavirus tests and PPE allowing some families to reunite for the first time since lockdown in March.

Below are photos from across the UK to show how people have been celebrating the holidays:  Chris Mills was able to embraces his mother Carol Roberts during a Christmas Day visit (Danny Lawson/PA)

PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain Four-year-old Archie receives gifts, socially distanced, from his grandparents in Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield (Jacob King/PA) PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain

A family takes advantage of the Christmas Day snow with a trip out sledging on the hills near Hexham, Northumberland (PA) PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain Others were braver and took to the North Sea for some bodyboarding (Owen Humphreys/PA)

PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain In Birmingham, swimmers leaped into Blackroot Pool at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield (Jacob King/PA) PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain

Activities co-ordinator Claire Paver (centre) walks with Mary Orme and her son Michael McKimm as they arrive for a Christmas Day visit with their mother and grandmother, Rose McKimm, at Aspen Hill Village care home in Hunslet, Leeds (Danny Lawson/PA) PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain Polish lorry drivers fashioned a makeshift Christmas tree out of empty Heineken cans at a truck stop near Folkestone, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives for the Christmas Day service at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA) PHOTOS: How a 2020 Christmas looked across Britain

A festive skateboarder takes advantage of an empty Oxford Street in London (Aaron Chown/PA)

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