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Update, December 8th, 2020: The Kardashians may have waited until the last minute, but the family has officially called off their annual Christmas soiree. Khloé Kardashian made the announcement on Twitter on December 6th, and fans are relieved that the Kardashian-Jenner family is finally setting a good example amidst the steep increase of COVID-19 cases across the U.S.
"The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we're not doing a Christmas Eve party this year," Khloé responded to a fan who asked if the annual Christmas party is still a go. "It's the first time we will not be having a Christmas Eve party since 1978 I believe. Health and safety first though!"
She concluded, "Taking this pandemic seriously is a must."
Khloé said in separate tweets that the family is "so upset" about the party being called off and that next year's party "is going to be so fucking fire!"
As of mid-November, Khloé had tweeted that the Christmas Eve party would still happen, hinting at mass rapid testing beforehand and a smaller guest list than usual. Fans responded to her message with cautious warnings and disappointment that the Kardashian bash would still go on while a majority of Americans are avoiding family gatherings this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But, perhaps having learned from their previously mistakes during the pandemic (*cough* multiple parties *cough* and tone-deaf explanations *cough*), the Kardashian family has seemingly turned over a new leaf. And fans are pleased.
It's one thing to say that the party is cancelled and another if they decide to go through with an alternate version of the old classic. We'll just have to wait and see if pictures leak come December 24th, but we're remaining hopeful that the Kardashians are committing to cancellation.
Original Post, November 12th, 2020: First, there was Kim Kardashian's 40th birthday bash on a private island. Then, there was Kendall Jenner's 25th birthday/Halloween party. Now, the Kardashian-Jenner family is planning to go forth with their usual Christmas celebrations. In a normal year? Fine! In a year in which many of us are doing our due diligence by remaining home, staying distant from family members, and missing huge milestones due to a deadly pandemic? Not great, as many Kardashian fans and critics alike will tell you.
On November 9th, a fan tweeted at Khloé Kardashian asking if the famous Kardashian-Jenner Christmas party would be canceled this year, to which Kardashian responded, "I pray not!"
Kardashian noted that she thinks it will be "way smaller obviously," and that's she's "totally fine with that!" She continued, "But we’re definitely celebrating Christmas! It will just have to be small and safe. Maybe do rapid testing before. We have to think of what is safest."
As many followers quickly noted, "thinking of what is safest" doesn't require much thought. The safest thing to do is to not have a party. Period. Big party or small gathering, if you're hanging out with people from outside your household, it's not the "safest" option, as the CDC has told us since the start. According to current CDC guidelines, the lowest-risk events are still "virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings."
"I love you and you're a badass but the safest way to do it is to just not do it," wrote one replied on Twitter, adding that since Kardashian had COVID-19 herself, she should know better.
Others seconded this fan's sentiment. "Why is it so hard for y’all to just stay home," another person wrote. "Not the end of the world to not have a party damn." One fan added, "I love ya Klo but is that the best use of the tests we have? So you can party?"
But if the Kardashians decide to go through with their party, despite the warnings and naysaying, then they should learn from their recent mistakes and keep it off social media.
"So many people look up to you guys and when they see you partying they think it’s okay to do the same," one fan said of their recent social media posts. "Please set a good example."
We can't say we'd be surprised if the Kardashians decide to host yet another party or some sort of gathering based on their not-so-distant past actions. What is a little surprising is that, despite so many fans expressing their disappointment in the their partying while everyday people are unable to do things like attend loved ones' funerals, visit family, and partake in activities that fulfill them, the Kardashians continue to miss the point.
It's not too late for the Kardashian-Jenners to take this opportunity to tell fans that they're only going to be with immediate family this Christmas, or that they've decided to host their annual Christmas party virtually. We'll have to see what ends up happening come December, but it'd be nice to be pleasantly surprised by how they choose to celebrate.