Grab the tissues to watch this emotional Dublin Airport video showing people arriving home for Christmas over the years.
An emotional video shared on Dublin Airport’s Twitter shows passengers arriving home for Christmas to warm welcomes from their friends and family.
Christmas is usually a time when families come together to join in the festive spirit. And for many, it can be the one time of year when they see family members who live or work abroad.
A different Christmas – fewer family reunions
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent restrictions on travel and social gatherings, Christmas’ across the world are looking different from usual this year.
Many families are having to spend Christmas 2020 apart with the closest thing to bringing the family together around the dinner table being a long-distance Zoom call.
With passenger numbers at Dublin Airport down by almost 90% this year, many families across Ireland are sure to be missing their loved ones this festive season.
A taste of normality – grab the tissues
To remind everyone what Christmas is normally like – and send a hopeful message for Christmas 2021 – Dublin Airport has shared an emotional video of family reunions at their arrival’s gate over the years.
Heartwarming reunions of parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends, as well as grandparents and grandchildren meeting for the first time can be seen in this tear-jerking video, which is accompanied by an Irish school choir singing “Somewhere Only We Know”.
Posting on Twitter, they wrote, “Our Christmas passenger numbers will be down by almost 90% this year. We know it’s heartbreaking not to be with family and friends.
“This is what it should be like Dublin Airport over the next few weeks. Hopefully, we’ll be back to normal in 2021.”
The global Irish family – friends and family all over the world
The people of Ireland have spread far and wide with ex-pats living in neighbouring countries like England and Scotland, and others living as far away as the USA and Australia.
This is something everyone across the Emerald Isle is aware of this year, including President Michael D. Higgins, who dedicated his Christmas decorations to the Irish diaspora.
In a social media post, he stated, “At Áras An Uachtaráin, President Higgins and Sabina lit a river of light, streaming from the Light for the Diaspora on the first floor, across the grounds, and out to all the Irish people and all those who cannot be with their families this Christmas.”
As we all adjust to the new normal of 2020, this emotional video shared by Dublin Airport will sure bring a tear to our eyes as we hope for more family reunions in 2021.