A time for giving
Don’t underestimate the impact of buying and presenting gifts to others, says our columnist
were our ‘last supper’ and then consume copious amounts of alcohol for no other reason than we can – but we are doing all of this together.
We then exchange gifts to show our love and affection for each other. I know it’s hard to buy for old geezers like me, but that’s not the point. The point is that while the purchase is being made, we are thinking of the person who will receive it; when we wrap it, we think of them; and when we watch them open it, we are thinking of them – waiting for the reaction with trepidation. The value of giving cannot be underestimated.
This brings us back to the two little tots who will be creating havoc in my house for the few festive days of Christmas before returning home to the delights of Croydon. I suspect that Cece will give us numerous renditions of Away in a Manger (which will be a welcome yuletide relief from Old MacDonald, Ba Ba Black Sheep and The Wheels on the Bus) and stamp her feet in frustration on the few occasions when things don’t go all her own way; but for me, the moment of magic will be when she opens her gift from me – please don’t tell her, but it is a farmyard colouring set.
Most of us are so lucky in that we will share the festive time with those closest to us, but spare a thought for those who have no-one. No-one to share a meal; no-one to share The Sound of Music on TV, and vitally, no-one with whom to share gifts.
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