Christmas is cancelled again
Sir -- With the 2011 budget creeping up on us like a depressed red-nosed reindeer, it is hardly worth the trouble putting up trees, lights, wreaths, cribs or any other festive decoration because for the second year in succession, Christmas in this country will be declared null and void when the full ramifications of the austerity package our Government is planning to deliver snowballs into the Dail come Tuesday, December 7.
It will make absolutely no difference whether you have been naughty or nice with personal finances throughout the last 12 months as ho, ho, ho will turn into no, no, no, as reductions and cutbacks send shivers up and down the spines of householders when Ebenezer Lenihan (humbug) unwraps his less than merry hamper of unwanted yuletide gifts.
Unfortunately, Santa Claus will not be coming to town and tidings of comfort and joy will be in very short supply. Reminiscing about how the holiday season was once celebrated long ago, in a very different (and sadly gone) prosperous winter wonderland, might be the best and only way to cope with the many silent nights ahead. After all isn't it the thought that counts?