Santa pre­pares to visit Oban

The Oban Times - - NEWS - Around Oban KAY MC­DON­ALD edi­[email protected]­

For once, I took my own ad­vice and had a quiet week­end and took time to stop and smell the roses – or, in this in­stance – the Christ­mas trees at St Co­nan’s Kirk, and I can now say I of­fi­cially feel Christ­massy.

What a won­der­ful event it was – con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you to the or­gan­is­ers and every­one who took part and dec­o­rated a tree.

Now I can’t wait for this week­end be­cause I get to be an elf again with Oban and Lorn Lions.

Santa will be vis­it­ing Home­base this year and he’s told me he’s got lots of presents to bring with him for all the boys and girls who visit him on Satur­day be­tween 11am and 3pm. I can’t wait!

I’m also very re­laxed be­cause I’ve now al­most fin­ished my Christ­mas shop­ping with­out leav­ing Oban or shop­ping on­line. The range of gifts avail­able was es­pe­cially good this year and I didn’t even strug­gle to de­cide what to get peo­ple.

If in doubt, Love Oban vouch­ers fit­ted the bill per­fectly as so many of the lo­cal busi­nesses ac­cept them, and you can get any­thing from a hair­cut to golf balls, so every­one is happy.

It’s time now to start en­joy­ing the run up to Christ­mas and all it en­tails, with na­tiv­ity plays in schools and churches, the Ro­tary carol con­cert on Sun­day De­cem­ber 16 and lots and lots of ex­cuses to go out to eat, drink and be merry. It’s also worth tak­ing time to share a lit­tle Christ­mas cheer with peo­ple who are on their own. Why not take a wee packet of bis­cuits and give an hour of your time to visit some­one who could use some com­pany or make a do­na­tion to one of the fan­tas­tic lo­cal char­i­ties who sup­port those in need.

Last week’s photo was of the build­ing that houses Oban Elec­tri­cal Ser­vices in Steven­son Street and this week’s isn’t too far away.

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