This time of the year is having its toll on people already. Tom Coates from the popular is expressing it quite eloquently in this little piece. He concludes like this:

Or maybe I need a few days off and a bit of a change of context. Maybe all I need in the run up to Christmas is a few easy drinks, some food and family in Norfolk and a complete forcible dislocation from the most challenging, frustrating, rewarding and hard-to-get-over year of my life so far. I’m hoping it’s true. Is a phase shift on the horizon? I think that it might be, but it could be a mirage. Roll on 2005? Well I guess we’ll see.

My answer: Get that drink, food and family. Nothing beats that. Well, maybe presents, but the other stuff will do.