JUDY MUR­RAY

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The count­down to Christ­mas is well and truly on but, thank­fully, I don’t have to worry about a last-minute dash to the shops for presents.

I pre­fer to go out and do a show or a spa treat­ment with my friends in­stead of buy­ing them a present. And a few years ago we started a fam­ily Se­cret Santa.

We found a web­site that or­gan­ises Se­cret Santa for you so that no one knows who is buy­ing for them... (but you do get to have a wish list). Last year, I asked for a boxset of The So­pra­nos and I was able to guess it was my dad who bought it for me just be­cause of the dread­ful wrap­ping.

The fes­tive sea­son starts so early now and has be­come so com­mer­cial, but this new tra­di­tion has put some of the magic back into Christ­mas for us so we’re stick­ing with it.

Fes­tive fisticuffs in The So­pra­nos

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