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'Tis finally the season to be jolly; GEORGE TYNDALE THE MERCURY'S HARD-HITTING COLUMNIST SPEAKS HIS MIND...

THIS weekend has witnessed the traditional start of Christmas in the Tyndale household.

Not for us a Christmas tree, fairy lights, tinsel and holly wreaths before summer has barely ended.

Not for us a diet of mince pies and mulled wine when Santa has not even begun drawing up his travel plans.

Instead we leave these things until the nearest weekend to mid-December when we buy a proper Christmas tree and bedeck it with scruffy lights and hopelessly unmatching baubles that have been collected over many long years and which, therefore, carry with them so many happy memories.

The delay means that the festive season remains a special time, its excitement not diminished by its celebration being dragged out over the preceding weeks.

Plus, of course, we have far fewer pine needles to clear from our carpet because the tree stays reasonably fresh until it disappears.

As in so many areas of life, deferred gratification delivers far sweeter pleasures than gorging greedily and immediately.

Thus in the days ahead I shall thoroughly enjoy my mince pies and mulled wine whilst other less patient souls grow weary of theirs.

But I suppose I should not feel too much pity for them for very soon they will no doubt be stuffing their faces with Easter eggs and hot crossed buns.

It is so sad that so many wonderful events are spoiled by coming early.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2013
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