Boris Johnson and Carrie reveal sweet Christmas card featuring pet dog Dilyn playing in the snow

BORIS Johnson and his wife Carrie have revealed their sweet Christmas card featuring the family's pet dog Dilyn playing in the snow.

The two-year-old Jack Russell-cross was snapped frolicking on a snow-covered lawn for the couple's annual Christmas card.

The PM, 57, and Carrie, 33, adopted the pooch shortly after their arrived at Downing Street in 2019.

Dilyn was saved as a pup by Friends of Animals Wales from a breeder in South Wales because he had a misaligned jaw and was going to be put down.

He now lives in the Downing Street flat, where Mr Johnson takes him for a stroll in the garden each morning.

The PM's adorable Christmas card comes as he insisted there was no need to cancel Xmas gatherings, family meet-ups or nativity plays over fears of the new Covid variant – Omicron.

He begged Brits not to panic as he sought to calm the chaos over the new strain by saying of the tougher restrictions claims: “There’s no need for that at all. That’s not what we are saying.

“Please, we’ve got to take a balanced and proportionate approach to this. We want people to continue as they are.”

Partygoers have been urged to "keep calm and carry on" with their Christmas festivities – despite scientists raising concerns about the risks associated with gathering for social events.

Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden said his party had no intention of cancelling its own Christmas drinks, and others should continue with their celebrations.

And speaking during a campaign visit to North Shropshire yesterday, Mr Johnson again insisted that there was no need for people to cancel festive events.

He said: "I've noticed there's been quite a lot of to-ing and fro-ing about it, people concerned that they need to cancel their Christmas parties.

"That's not right, we're not saying that and we're not saying that nativity plays have to be cancelled.

"I believe very strongly that kids should be in school and I also think that Christmas should go ahead as normally as possible."

A Downing Street spokesperson said the nation should look at the government guidance as it was set out at the weekend.

“There is nothing in the rules to prevent anyone having a Christmas party or socialising in that way," they said.

But a string of ministers have tried to dampen the Christmas spirit by suggesting people should not kiss strangers and avoid attending huge parties.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey sparked a furious backlash when she ordered people to avoid “snogging under the mistletoe” this year.

An unusual cross-party alliance broke out as the Health Secretary and Labour leader both said ministers should not be telling people who they can and cannot kiss.

Sajid Javid declared: “People can snog who they wish — it’s got nothing to do with the Government who you kiss.”

And Sir Keir Starmer insisted: “I don’t think it’s the role of government to dictate who people can kiss or not kiss."

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