Giving a taste of the past. Youle be grateful

I’m very mindful of the fact that the season of goodwill will soon be here as many retailers have already set their stalls up in readiness to capture the early impulse buyers amongst us. So where has this year gone?

I’m still finding pine needles in the carpet from last year. Are the weeks and months moving much quicker these days?

My dear grandmother Ruth would often remind me that as a young girl she got extremely excited on Christmas morning to find a tangerine in a sock at the end of the bed.

I honestly thought that she was just teasing me, but apparently this was true. Times were hard back then and people went without – and children were grateful for anything they had.

But, today, this isn’t always the case, as we seem to buy too much and appreciate little.

Right then, my Christmas gift list this year will consist of fruit bought locally and presented to the recipient in a sock.

Bring back the old days for a change. This will all end in tears, mark my words.