Working together to tackle coronavirus could give families “some greater degree of normality” this Christmas, the First Minister has suggested.
Nicola Sturgeon was reluctant to say too much about what the situation could be like over the festive period as she acknowledged it is an important time for many people.
She is expected to announce further restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 later this week.
The First Minister was asked at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Monday if Scots should expect to have a different kind of celebration this year.
She stressed the ongoing fight against coronavirus is a “very uncertain and unpredictable and volatile situation” and said she did not want to “make definitive predictions about Christmas”.
Ms Sturgeon noted people of other faiths have already had some of their celebrations curtailed because of coronavirus.
“Our Muslim community has already gone through Eid without being able to celebrate properly,” she said.
“Some people in our country have already had these very difficult periods of important celebrations that they have not been able to enjoy.
“But Christmas really matters to people and we want it to be as normal as possible.”
Ms Sturgeon added: “But we are in a global pandemic and if I was to stand here right now and say categorically that certain things could or couldn’t happen at Christmas I wouldn’t be being fair to people.
“As we get closer to Christmas we will have a better idea of what might be and what might be possible.
“The only thing I can say with I suppose even a smidgeon of certainty right now is that the more we collectively work together to bring it under control right now, perhaps the more prospect there will be of having some greater degree of normality by Christmas.
“But even that is a statement that is shrouded in some caveats.”
Ms Sturgeon said going into the winter period makes the fight against the virus “much more challenging again”, although she added more is now known about it.
She said during the Second World War “families were separated for a long, long time, several Christmases, not just one, people didn’t have Zoom and Facetime, and the ways of keeping in touch, even with physical separation.”
The First Minister concluded: “This is not easy but humanity is resilient and we will get through this.”