We could dwell on the disappointments of this past year, or focus on how full of hope the people of Ireland have been, especially as we now start the countdown to Christmas.

And with that, it is AgriLand’s hope that today’s (Thursday, November 26) special announcement by Minister Simon Coveney has brought great delight to all the little farmers of Ireland.

Being the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Coveney has the inside-knowledge, allowing him to confirm that after working on the issue for a number of weeks, the government regards Santa Claus’ travel as essential travel for essential purposes.

Because of this, Santa is exempt from the need to self-quarantine for 14 days and should be able to come in and out of Irish airspace and, indeed, in and out of Irish homes without having to restrict his movement.

“But, I am assured that children should not stay up at night because he does need to social distance and so, people need to keep at least 2m away to make sure that we keep him safe and indeed, children as well,” the minister explained.

“So, he’s exempt, he’s coming, he has confirmed that and he appreciates the fact that Ireland has ensured that in a very, very different Christmas in 2020, the visit of Santa Claus will be something that will remain consistent.”

With The Late Late Toy Show airing tomorrow night (Friday, November 27) on RTÉ One and Christmas being less than a month away, this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.

Along with the minister’s announcement, AgriLand understands that it is very important to Santa Claus that in the lead up to Christmas, children continue to be on good behaviour and ensure they keep washing their hands, practice social distancing and be kind and respectful to others.

For soon-to-be farmers, leaving dirty wellies at the back-door and cleaning up toy tractors and diggers is also very welcome by Santa.

Whether it’s a pair of shiny new wellies or overalls or a plot of land you put on your wish-list, just remember that on Christmas Day, what is under the tree is nowhere near as important as who is around it with you.