I’ve usu­ally had enough around late Novem­ber

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

AT WHICH point do you fi­nally get fed up with Christ­mas? At the risk of be­ing la­belled ‘a bit grumpy’, I’ve usu­ally had enough around late Novem­ber. Yes, I ap­pre­ci­ate it seems rather early but I feel so pres­sured by the ad­ver­tis­ing shenani­gans, Christ­mas lights switch-ons, that dread­ful song by Jonah Lewie about stop­ping some cav­alry or other and hav­ing to make plans where I’ll be eat­ing din­ner, lunch and sup­per a month down the line – it’s just too over­pow­er­ing. I know quite a lot of peo­ple who love ev­ery­thing about Christ­mas and throw them­selves whole­heart­edly into the busi­ness of en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son with the de­light of a child. Their homes look like glit­ter­ing palaces with lights and tin­sel go­ing up as early as they can get away with it ... you know, any time in late Septem­ber will do. Some peo­ple I pre­tend not to know even start buy­ing presents, wrap­ping pa­per and cards for the next one within days of the last one fin­ish­ing – is it me? I wouldn’t like you to think I am to­tally mis­er­able around the fes­tive pe­riod, though. Af­ter all, you have to make the ef­fort for every­one around you. You know the sort of things, a few drinks with friends, send off a cou­ple of cards to peo­ple you don’t get to speak to year in, year out. Of course, then there’s the presents for your near­est and dear­est, the tips for the pa­per boy and bin men you have to re­mem­ber, and those tree trim­mings are looking a bit tired, they’ll need re­plac­ing – well, you have to keep up ap­pear­ances don’t you? And doesn’t the Sal­va­tion Army band sound good this year? There is noth­ing like Christ­mas songs be­ing played by a brass band. Oh, I nearly for­got, I have to grab some mistle­toe and holly and then there’s the pud­ding to get and make sure we have enough parsnips and sprouts. There’s just too much to do and the days are run­ning out. There’s just never enough time to get it all done.

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