For once I think I’m going to be above average this year

Zella had a fantastic day at Titchfield Haven and wonders what other local gems she's overlooked      Picture: Gary Taw

ZELLA COMPTON: Looking afresh at our beautiful spot in the world

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The average spend on Christmas, per household, last year was £822, according to a YouGov poll.

At first glance it seems like such a lot of money. But look closer and it becomes quickly apparent that it’s not.

When a decent tree costs about £50 and a large turkey is another £40, you’ve popped just shy of £100 before you’ve got anything ‘in’.

It’s getting the extras ‘in’ that are the bank robbers in our house.

I’m talking about the rest of the meats, the nibbles, the veg.

They’ll easily swallow a chunk of the budget, alongside the alcohol.

Then of course there are the presents. And that’s before any’s given to charity.

Wow. For once I think I’m going to be above average this year.