COMMENT: Count your blessings at this wonderful time of year

AS WE squelch our way into a rain-sodden Christmas this year and another stereotypical orgy of overindulgence, it is fair to say that not everyone will be relishing the big day.

For the homeless and people living alone, many of them elderly, this can be a particularly distressing time of year.

Those who have lost loved ones may well be dreading the arrival of Christmas Day and an empty seat at the dinner table.

In many other homes, the dead hand of austerity has made Christmas a time of great financial stress.

And don’t forget those who are working on the day, in our hospitals, police stations and many other organisations across the county.

We only wish, of course, that everyone could enjoy a Christmas of rest and relaxation, surrounded by loving friends and family, with no arguments, perfect presents and plenty to eat and drink.

If that is you, then cherish every minute and if you do start to feel cooped up, the in-laws begin to outstay their welcome, or the kids start fighting over the Quality Street, please take a moment to remember the lonely, the bereaved and the less well off.

Then count your blessings and remind yourself how very lucky you are.

A Happy Christmas to one and all.

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