LAY YOUR CARDS ON THE TABLE
There are times when a chat group message or status update just doesn’t cut it — and Christmas is one of them. Make your list (check it twice), then put pen to paper and send off some heartfelt, handwritten season’s greetings, writes Caomhan Keane
Long before it was popular, my mother started her Christmas prep in the last week of November. True, the tree and decorations wouldn’t be mounted until muckers’ Christmas (December 8) had passed and The Late Late Toy Show fired the starting pistol on my own descent into a consumerist fever dream. But with black November in its death throes, my house would be enveloped in a perfumed pong of whiskey-stewed fruit, allspice and Guinness as the Christmas cake took up squatters’ rights in our oven. Resisting the temptation to peek, poke or peck at the delicacy, she’d pour herself a snifter of the leftover booze and park herself at the kitchen table, getting stuck into the annual trip down memory lane that was her Christmas card list.