Editor’s Diary: ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas


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If you read last week’s Editor’s Diary, you will know that I’ve been away from home.

I spent four nights in lovely Somerset, having a great time on the “Friend” Tinsel & Turkey break at Warner’s Cricket St Thomas hotel.

It was all very festive. While we were there we celebrated Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Hogmanay!

So it was a bit of a shock to the system to get home at the weekend and realise Christmas proper was only seven days away . . .

I was frighteningly under-prepared. Not a present had been wrapped. The list for the food shopping still had to be written – and everything bought!

And, of course, I realised I still had presents to find, and last-minute cards to write.

All of which means that this week has gone past in a flash.

At times I have felt like some kind of editorial Doctor Who, existing in two time zones simultaneously.

In my home life, I’m hurtling at break-neck speed towards Christmas. At work, meanwhile, I’m celebrating Burns Night (we’re currently working on our January 22 issue). No wonder I’m confused!

I know we’re all feeling a bit down right now as we face another Christmas curtailed by the pandemic. But at times like these, a magazine like the “Friend” is more important than ever.

Its brand of feel-good escapism is just the tonic we need.

So if, like me, you still have presents to buy, why not give someone you love a “Friend” subscription? It really is the Christmas gift that lasts all year.

Merry Christmas!


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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.