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CAROLS: I wonder how many readers remember how we used to alter the lyrics of carols in our schooldays? I remember vividly what we used to sing to While Shepherds Watched namely

While shepherds washed their socks by night

All seated round the tub.

A bar of Sunlight soap came down

And they began to scrub.

I guess you have to be of a certain age to know about that.

BUTTERFLIES: It is very sad to hear, this week that many of our once common types are in decline. We can all help by researching what plants they feed on and planting them. So you get stung by a few nettles, but you will see butterflies soar.

COMMERCIALISM: I wish Christmas would go back to being just a few weeks before the actual date. Nothing is more off-putting than it starting in September. It seems to happen at all times of the year, Easter eggs now arrive ages before the time. This renders the true meaning meaningless.

SMILE FOR THE DAY: Santa was in need of a female companion for the Elves Christmas Party. Rudolph suggested to find one that he go to a Speed Dating event. It was successful. They say he pulled a real cracker.

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