Monday 24 April 2017

Tell me what you want, as long as it's in budget

Making sure that everybody is kept happy and satisfied at Christmas time can be harder than it looks

ON A MISSION: Victoria Mary Clarke shopping for socks at Kiwi Country Clothing on South Anne Street, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
ON A MISSION: Victoria Mary Clarke shopping for socks at Kiwi Country Clothing on South Anne Street, Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
'A lot of the people who insist on being vague and unhelpful have told me that they get terribly embarrassed when they are caught trying to dispose of their unwanted gifts'

Victoria Mary Clarke

In a supreme effort to do Christmas 'properly' this year and thinking that one day I will get it right, I have been asking my friends and family to write me lists of exactly what they want, like wedding lists.

So far, only one person has come through. A younger relation has supplied me with a spectacularly efficient document containing not only all the items that she wants but also photos of them, along with sizes, colours and prices.

I find this enormously helpful, even if there is nothing on her list that is in my budget. I have promised to give her my list as well, which includes diamond earrings at one end but also a flashing jacket for cycling at the other.

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