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Why this week is a rare treat; MY CITY.


IF YOU'VE got young kids at school - especially at two different schools - you've really got to earn your Christmas.

It might be Christmas Jumper Day at the infants' but Party Day (bring some cakes) at the juniors',' and woe betide you if you forget your PS1 "voluntary contribution" for Christmas Party Jumper Cake Day, or which child to give it to.

Then there are the Christmas plays - you have to remember who's the shepherd and who's the angel, and if the shepherds are for some reason all wearing football kits or whether that was a one-off last year when one of the parent governors forgot to get a shepherd costume, and you have to remember to take the angel one night and Lionel Messi the shepherd on the next two nights, and not forget your tickets, and above all PUT YOUR MOBILE ON SILENT THIS TIME.

So, while you're reading this, I'll hopefully be enjoying a lie-in, followed by a few days of real quality time.

Christmas falling on a Friday means the schools have broken up a full week in advance - so make the most of it.

The next few days are a perfect combination of the kids being off and the tree being up, without the panic and overexcitement of the 23rd and 24th or the toys-and-turkey-induced hysteria of the day itself.

After that, it's the long comedown of Boxing Day and the rest, followed by the inevitable New Year anti-climax ... and, before you know it, you're sorting out school uniforms and lunch money and permission slips and the like again.

So take them to the cinema, or the Ice Festival, or a panto, or all three. Or lie on the sofa in front of the faithful Frozen DVD.

Relax with them while you can.

Christmas comes just once a year - weeks like this are even rarer.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2015
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