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Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

Yes, we all know it’s stress­ful try­ing to get or­gan­ised for Christ­mas, but spare a thought for those on the front­lines, par­tic­u­larly the re­tail work­ers. Kim Knight spent a day at The Ware­house and Smith & Caughey’s to see what life is like from be­hind the counter in the lead-up to Christ­mas Day. Hint: it’s not all jin­gle bells and eggnog. Also this week, what to do if you dis­grace your­self at the of­fice Christ­mas party, Annabel Lang­bein bakes some ed­i­ble Christ­mas treats that are ideal to give away as gifts, and we have a four-page gift guide to help you de­cide what to buy the sig­nif­i­cant other or lit­tle per­son in your life. And if all this talk of Christ­mas is do­ing your head in, respite is avail­able in the form of an in­ter­view with Michael Bloomberg — the bil­lion­aire former New York mayor who in­sists on be­ing called Mike and who is mulling over a run against Trump in 2020 — and the late, great John Clarke, who some years ago penned his thoughts about the Kiwi sense of hu­mour, an ex­tract of which runs to­day.

MICHELLE HUR­LEY

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