It is understandable why people begin to feel jaded at this time of year. Bah-humbuggers usually cite canned music in shops, over-commercialisation, frenzied spending, plastic gimcrack, stress and Brussels sprouts as the main festive offenders.
I’m with the bah-humbuggers on all of the above counts, but these are really just minor annoyances when compared to all the good things this season has to offer.
If you can keep your time shopping to a minimum (my advice is to leave it to the afternoon of Christmas Eve) then you’ll have much more time to experience the fun things: mulled wine by the fire, carol concerts and time with friends.
Of all the things I like about Christmas (and there are many), the general atmosphere of goodwill is my favourite. In Shetland this always seems particularly marked and it is this spirit of bonhomie which we’ve tried to capture in this month’s magazine. Thank you so much for the nominations you sent in for our “Hearts of Gold” feature. You brought tears to our eyes!
While we’re on the subject of generosity, I couldn’t write this editorial (my last one) without a word of gratitude to the Shetland Life community for all of the support and kindness you have extended towards me over the last couple of years. A huge thank you to all of the Shetland stars who’ve willingly given up their time to be interviewed and photographed. Thank you also to all of the readers who’ve taken the time to give feedback about the magazine and to our wonderful contributors who make this magazine sparkle with their lively and original input. Finally, I couldn’t fail to mention the Shetland Life team: it has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and creative group of folk.
I’d like to wish all our readers a peaceful, happy Christmas and lots of good things for 2019.