Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - EDITOR’S COMMENT - JAYNE LINDILL, Ed­i­tor, EADT Suf­folk [email protected]

We live in strange times. With Christ­mas just weeks away, I thought that at this point we should be con­cern­ing our­selves with a) sourc­ing pre­ferred poul­try b) sourc­ing pre­ferred tree (real ver­sus plas­tic) c) cal­cu­lat­ing amount of cel­e­bra­tory booze re­quired d) work­ing our way through an im­pos­si­bly long Christ­mas card/present list.

But no! My web search of ‘Christ­mas trends 2018’ re­veals that our fes­tive plans, in fact, should re­volve around ways to wrap presents with­out pa­per (cloth, es­pe­cially head­scarves and tea tow­els), cre­ative ta­ble nap­kins (fold them into Christ­mas tree shapes, or adorn them with rus­tic or­na­ments like mini rein­deer), Christ­mas tree col­lars or skirts (de­pend­ing on the gen­der of your tree, pre­sum­ably), tem­po­rary fes­tive tat­toos for ev­ery sur­face, asym­met­ri­cal wreaths (mine al­ways turn out that way any­way), and keep­ing the whole oc­ca­sion ‘zero waste’ (ad­mirable) and pos­si­bly ve­gan (not en­ter­ing that de­bate).

Some peo­ple love the whole in­dul­gence of the oc­ca­sion, and it’s won­der­ful to see them get­ting ex­cited about it. It’s a chance to spoil their loved ones, to dress up their homes and them­selves, to eat, drink and be merry.

Oth­ers wel­come the chance for a few quiet days off work, some long walks in the win­try coun­try­side, then feet up in front of some nos­tal­gic telly. And for some, of course, it’s still an im­por­tant re­li­gious oc­ca­sion.

Which all just goes to show that Christ­mas means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Per­son­ally, I can live with­out tin­sel and baubles, flash­ing lights, and enough wrap­ping pa­per to dec­o­rate the North Pole (or wher­ever the man with the long white beard lives). I’m not be­ing bah hum­bug, but surely the best part of Christ­mas is shar­ing it with those you love. And the best gift is the gift of time, to spend with them.

Com­ing at the end of the year, Christ­mas is also, in­evitably, a time for re­flec­tion. This has been an­other mo­men­tous year which ends with the world un­set­tled, out of bal­ance and peo­ple feel­ing un­easy about their fu­tures, not least be­cause it feels be­yond their con­trol to change things for the bet­ter. But while the big is­sues might be be­yond our reach, we can make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally. We can look af­ter the places where we live, the places we en­joy, the peo­ple and things that mat­ter to us. We can look af­ter each other.

How­ever you spend your Christ­mas, I hope it’s merry and bright, with the peo­ple you love.

‘Per­son­ally, I can live with­out tin­sel and baubles, flash­ing lights and enough wrap­ping pa­per to dec­o­rate the North Pole’

“You know, from this an­gle you look a bit like a tur­key . . .”

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