A time for giv­ing

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact of buy­ing and pre­sent­ing gifts to oth­ers, says our colum­nist

Somerset Life - - LAST WORD -

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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