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Byline: JOANNE WATKINSON

AFTER Black Friday, Cyber Monday and panic Saturday, the poor old Boxing Day sales are a bit of a damp squib.

Call me nostalgic but isn't the concept of waiting until after Christmas to nab a bargain a rather quaint and pleasant one? I, probably along with every person that works in retail, would be happy for the shops to shut at 3pm on Christmas Eve and remain so until December 27.

It would feel so festive and special to have two glorious days, two lie-ins...but hark, it's never going to happen.

Times have changed, Ebenezer Scrooge (preenlightenment) would be clapping his hands with delight at the prospect of 24 hour shopping, 365 days a year, the only thing coming between the consumer and their purchase being the courier companies who still believe in keeping December 25 and 26 sacred. How positively medieval of them!

Don't misunderstand me, I am as keen as the next sharp-elbowed shopper to pick up a genuine bargain (genuine requires it to be in my current size, be 100% perfect, faulty does not a bargain make, and ideally I will have lusted after it at full price). But unlike those who camp outside stores from 4am to ensure they score exactly what they want, I'm lazy, bone idle, and perhaps a little nonchalant. I have a contrary, que sera attitude towards the sales. I certainly wouldn't lose sleep over a reduction I missed out on.

And on that note may I bid you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas, filled with laughter and glad tidings, surrounded by family and friends, and let's spare a thought, if not a little more, for those less fortunate, for whom December 25 is just a day like any other.

q&a IAM having Christmas dinner with my boyfriend's family this year. My family are very relaxed, we spend the entire day in pyjamas. I want to be comfortable, festive but still stylish...is that possible? MOST families keep the dress code fairly relaxed on Christmas Day. I would opt for ankle length skinny jeans you can sit around in comfortably. You may be asked to remove your shoes so invest in a pedicure and wear a top with enough room for pudding.

This peach layered hem sweater from Whistles, priced PS95 is perfect. It even has a touch of festive sparkle.

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ALL the sales seem to start early now, making the traditional Boxing Day sales a damp SQUIB

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2014
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