I have a love hate relationship with Christmas. I went for many years being blasé about it, then I became completely enamoured by it, and this year I’m not looking forward to it in the slightest.
It’s struck me how the fact that Christmas is in the shops for a good 10 weeks before the day itself can go from being the exciting build up to almost feeling like the festive season is lying in wait ready to ambush me at every available opportunity.
I have a choice though.
Some years I’ll choose to get into the festive spirit, some years I won’t. Other people in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Rushden will have to make do with what they’ve got and might not get the option about whether they celebrate Christmas or not.
Once again this year the Northamptonshire Telegraph, Connect FM and the county council are running the Christmas Gift appeal. The first one I was involved in was 1999 and there’s still a photo of me at the old Connect offices, my head sticking out of a pyramid of soft toys. The Gift Appeal seems to laugh in the face of the recession every year. People seem happy to buy a present for disadvantaged youngsters instead. It makes me feel, actually, there is still some good in people!
I want nothing more than for you to have the best Christmas ever this year – but spare a moment to think of those local children who, through no fault of their own, don’t have a choice. They are where they are and we’re capable of making things that little bit easier for them.