Yo, ho . . . ho?
Yeah, we know. Christmas is the last thing on your mind. The economy is in crisis, you’re worried about your mortgage/rent/job/bank account/pet stockbroker. And it’s November. However, the festive season is looming like a tinsel-bedecked freight train, and it’s practically traditional in Scotland to lose the whole of the second half of December in a flurry of gluttony and consumerism. With purse strings as well as belts tightening this year, things might be a little bit different, but here at The List we reckon everyone deserves a bit of stress-free festive fun.
To help you out, we’ve pooled the best of our local knowledge into a complete guide to doing Christmas on a budget. We’ve sorted out the biggest, bestest festive pantomime and clubbing options – so if you’re only going to treat yourself to one night of celebration, you’ll know where to go – and we’ve pulled together a guide to the free outdoor events in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the run up to Christmas and Hogmanay too. The Money Show’s Max Flint is on hand to help you plan the cheapest Christmas possible without looking too Scroogey. Ooh, and we’ve got all that problematic present-buying sorted, with eight pages of gifts under £50, whether you’re looking for a stack of comics for your blokish boyfriend, a good book for your mum or an earth-saving accessory for your eco-warrior flatmate. As usual, most of our presents are sourced from local or independent businesses, so you can get a warm glow from doing your bit for local retailers, as well.
See? It’s all going to be okay, isn’t it? This is our gift to you, out of the goodness of our little Listy hearts. You can thank us when the stock market rights itself.
Kirstin Innes, Editor