Steve Power: Big hampers? Bah humbug

Steve's not a festive miser ' he's just trying to reduce the inevitable avalanche of food over Christmas.

Steve's not a festive miser ' he's just trying to reduce the inevitable avalanche of food over Christmas.

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If you’re planning to get someone a Christmas hamper as a present this year, can you please warn them first?

This is because there is nothing worse than getting masses of food in over Christmas and then finding that someone has bought you a whole lot more which you have no room for.

Do what I do and buy people a hamper for Christmas but make sure it’s the cheapest one you can buy

Or you can do what I do and buy people a hamper for Christmas but make sure it’s the cheapest one you can buy, so it’s basically a wicker basket with a pack of biscuits and a jar of posh chutney buried in a mound of crepe paper.

It sounds mean, but your friends will be grateful in the long run.

n Just wondering, instead of all the endless hassle we have to go through to get our Christmas trees down from the loft, wouldn’t it be easier for us to hold Christmas up there?

n It’s at this time of year that I realise I’ve forgotten how to use a Filofax. You never think you’re going to need to use one again, and then you’ve got to dig out all those old addresses for Christmas cards which you don’t have listed on any digital media.

All in all it’s a nightmare; you’ve forgotten what all the sections are for and you’ve got two or three addresses written down for the same person.

They ought to run classes to remind us how to use them.

n Another thing about Christmas cards which gets me are the ones from neighbours that say something like ‘from all at Number 22’.

You’ve got to send one back but you’ve got absolutely no idea of their names, so you have to play detective in your street to find out.

The only bonus is that if they’ve signed the card ‘from all at Number 22’, they might not know their own names either, so it won’t matter if you don’t.

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