Oh golly gosh, how glad am I that the annual christmas and new year festivities are over. All that planning, traipsing round shops, getting annoyed with other shoppers and all the noise and commercialisation of a religious event really brings out the worst in everyone! I am lucky enough to be invited to join in a family gathering, not my family but that of my daughter’s boyfriend. I’m always made very welcome and the presents are never ending. I felt really self consious the first year, having gone along with the secret santa scheme of buying one big present for one of the parties. I found that the others did do that but also splashed the cash on lots of other bits and bobs. So last august I decided to get myself organised and I researched on line for everything I planned to get. Wow what a difference. It was excellent and I for one want more to follow my lead!