Christmas Eve in Bulgaria, 2020: Reflections on a silent night

It is Christmas Eve 2020 in Bulgaria. Some believe that about 2000 years ago, a child was born who would go on to rise from the dead. Some believe that Father Christmas – Dyado Koleda in Bulgaria, Дядо Мраз (Father Frost) his politically correct, expurgated, alter-ego in socialist times – is the bringer of gifts to children.

In Bulgaria, some children, too young enough yet to be liberated from gullibility, believe that Dyado Koleda personally delivers Christmas trees individually to households. As word has it, this is something of a nightmare of logistics and deceit for those parents who continue to honour this, harmless, fiction.

It is Christmas Eve 2020 in Bulgaria. Some believe that Covid-19 is a harmful fiction. Some believe, close to half, going by the polls, that the vaccine against Covid-19 is, at very least until proven otherwise, harmful of and in itself.

Faster than Father Christmas who, as in the words of Puck in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, would and will “put a girdle round about the Earth in 40 minutes”, just so, disinformation about Covid-19 is spread.

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.