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Why I want someone to buy me socks for Christmas

What gift could be greater than the gift of not going Christmas shopping?

By Sam Leith   January 2016

The lights on on the Christmas tree in Trafalgar square are switched on. December, 2015. ©Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Oh Christmas. Christmas. Why do you torment me thus? Every year the John Lewis ad, the first sign of overhead lighting on Regent Street, the first sound of Noddy Holder’s voice in a retail environment, gives me a twinge of agony. Like mental toothache.

This is not Scroogery. I don’t dislike Christmas. Carols, chestnuts, turkey, afternoon…

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