4th Sunday of Advent

I thought that I would be clever on Friday morning and avoid the bottleneck that can be Saughal Massie, by cutting through Sandbrook Lane to the Upton Bypass and on to the funeral in West Kirby. This was 9.15am!

Getting from Danger Lane to Sandbrook Lane took forever, but that was nothing compared to the gridlock at the Sainsburys’ roundabout.

It’s all down to Christmas Shopping, that sense of panic that hits so many people at this time of the year. Its that nervous desire to ensure that our homes are filled with festive goodies so that all can enjoy Christmas and worry about the calories in the New Year.

Underestimation isn’t a major concern!

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not just being miserable about festive fun. Families gathering at this time with food and drink can be magical for young and old.

But do spare a thought for those who won’t have that magical experience this Christmas.

For many the pressures to buy presents, food and drink can be to much of a burden. The Payday Loan people will be laughing all the way to the bank.

But there are also the elderly, the sick and the housebound, young parents with infant children. Those separated by work, war or imprisonment. Those whose lives, on a daily basis, are lived alone.

Let’s not forget them this Christmas. If you know someone who might be lonely, pop in and wish them well. You could make someone’s Christmas Day.

Just a thought!