Good morning Kathy. I know my views are condemned others but It really does sicken me , the greed and waste shows humans up for what they are, and that is shallow materialistic species,it is possible to make someone feel like christmas every day for instance when I bought my home or started buying my home should I say I had a lovely old lady as my immediate neighbour, Mrs Nellie Mason, she passed away12years ago and is sorely missed, Nellie would often say that I made every day feel like christmas , she had a coke fire which was a right awkward so and so to light, once lit it was very efficent and used very litte coke, I would go in at 6 am every day before I went to work and clean out the ash and lay a new fire, she was so pleased to see me and every Sunday she would make me a sponge cake ,this arrangement continued almost until she died , I suppose what I am trying to say is knowing I was helping this lovely old lady me feel I had prolonged her life , my wife and I would take her out for the day something she had not been able to do for years since a bad fall broke her hip,I began to do the same for all my elderly neighbours until we had a routine going I would take them shopping do their gardens paint and decorate their homes, it was a great period in my life, I had just been granted custody of my two daughters and yes the only way to describe how I felt all those years ago is every day I could give practical help to my most precious neighbours when they were in most need off it, however dont get me wrong it wasnt always easy, I often had to calm them down ( the men) if they disagreed over a football match and often the ladies would have the odd tiff, they were very happy times for me and my young daughters who also helped out, there was a real solid community spirit ,and when christmas arrived we were invited to dinner each year a visit to a different neighbour ,the occasional gift was exchanged but that was not the idea, I loved my neighbours and it was a rewarding thrilling experience taking care of them, they are all gone now, gone to a better place away from a world that is changing, a uncaring heartless place where community spirit has been snuffed out by a government even more uncaring than the thatcher years, I do miss those very special days Christmas had true value and meaning,gone forever. The humans who replaced my dear friends, and I use the word humans with caution, do not speak and if you try to engage them in conversation they just turn away, their kids have no respect for anyone I have tried to get the kids onside but I think my attempts to befriend them acheived nought nothing nada, other than that I was suspected of peadophile tendacies. so I have fallen into line and now all communication has gone, its so sad isnt it.
I do miss my friends Kindest Regards to all my new friends.