Editorial: The spirit of Christmas

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13th December, 2012
’Tis the season to over-imbibe, overeat and overspend, and to hope that the consequences of that are not so severe as to keep us away from the Boxing Day bargains. Even with cautious householders trying hard to reduce their debts and, in many cases, worrying about job security, it’s not easy in the frenzy of gift-giving to resist the spiralling expectations generated by ever-more sophisticated gadgetry and the bombardment of messages telling us that getting what we want will make us, and our children, happier. It won’t. In fact, science tells us the opposite is true. The famous “marshmallow ...

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