Friday 9 December 2016

There's no vouching for the spirit of Christmas in unimaginative cash gifts

Published 24/12/2015 | 02:30

Economists have argued over the merits of gifting hard cash and vouchers versus buying thought-out presents
Economists have argued over the merits of gifting hard cash and vouchers versus buying thought-out presents

Christmas is the best time of the year. For all the endless talk about it losing its true meaning and spirit, these festive days retain their sense of wonder.

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The season is mostly about human relationships - reaffirming them, renewing them and strengthening them (even if bickering around the Christmas dinner table can end up doing exactly the opposite).

On this most happy day, final preparations are made and last meetings with friends and acquaintances take place, often in the convivial glow of a drink or three.

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