Santa Cause

A Leading Article in THE TIMES, 26 December 2018 Are you still a believer in Santa?” This question was posed in the White House on Christmas Eve by President Trump as he answered a phone call from a boy named Coleman, aged seven. Coleman was seeking information about the progress of Santa’s journey across the…

A guide to having a really happy Christmas

By Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist) in the Financial Times, 22 December 2018 Is Christmas a time of magic, generosity and conviviality? Or of overconsumption, stress, and social anxiety? It is easy to make a case either way: listen to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”, followed immediately by Tom McRae’s slow sighing cover of the…

How lonely that feeling is – that you are the only one having a bad Christmas

By Brigid Delaney in THE Guardian, 21 December 2018 Driving through Victoria this week, and the farms are emerald with recent rain, but my friend is agitated because we’re lost. As navigator I’ve punched in the wrong street to Google maps, and we are flying blind into a maze of secondary roads. We can’t be…