Christ­mas is not about how much you spend

South Western Times - - Front Page - Billy Kerr

With Christ­mas nearly upon us there are all those last-minute trips to the shop to buy that missed present or to make pur­chases of food and drink just in case there is a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter that could leave us starv­ing and thirsty for days on end. Noth­ing is left to chance with Christ­mas at my place and the gov­erness makes sure of that.

There are some sta­ples at our place such as the Christ­mas Eve big bash which con­sists of a lit­tle bit of cricket and a lot of mer­ri­ment and then of course there is the Box­ing Day Test. We also have themes each Christ­mas and this year’s theme is cheat­ing and par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to come dressed as a known cheater.

Don­ald Trump will surely get a gig but what I fear most is if some­body comes dressed as me.

It will most cer­tainly be a belt-tight­en­ing Christ­mas with wage growth over the past four years sit­ting at about one per cent and that alone will cer­tainly im­pinge on most peo­ple’s ca­pac­ity to lash out on ex­pen­sive gifts or even just for the ne­ces­si­ties of en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

As a kid we al­ways had great times over the hol­i­days catch­ing up with all our cousins and get­ting to re­joice in the com­pany of our grand­par­ents.

I al­ways thought my grand­par­ents and es­pe­cially my Men­zies grand­fa­ther, were very happy peo­ple and he in par­tic­u­lar was, and ev­ery night would cul­mi­nate in him sit­ting on his porch, smok­ing a pipe and drink­ing from a carafe of red wine while he sang songs in Ital­ian to his pet cocky.

In fact, he never went any­where in his or­chard, his work­shop or his veg­etable patch without be­ing within touch­ing dis­tance of a carafe of red wine. He also used to feed all his grand­chil­dren a glass of wine with a heavy dose of sugar stirred in just for break­fast which meant our days got off to a real flyer and so did his.

The world is a much bet­ter for us hav­ing grown up in it and be­cause all our oldies made sure that this time of the year was when the fears, the fail­ures and the dis­likes were put aside.

Christ­mas is not about how much money you spend but more about how much time you spend ap­pre­ci­at­ing and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany.

Merry Christ­mas!

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