Nothing says Christmas to a young child like a visit to see Santa and when that visit is to the man in red's home village inside the Arctic Circle in Finland the excitement is all the greater.
Sadly Covid-19's tentacles spread even to the frozen north and travel company Tui has been forced to cancel all holiday flights to Lapland for UK and Irish customers this winter. That is a huge blow to the NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust which over the past 12 years have taken terminally-ill and life-limited children to meet Santa.
However the charities have not given up on making the festive season one to remember with alternative plans about to swing into action.
The work of the organisers and the medical professionals who have made the annual visit possible is to be applauded and both hope that the magical flights would resume next winter.
Northern Ireland has been promised 570,000 doses of the new anti-Covid-19 vaccine and that will be the greatest present for us adults this Christmas.