Wednesday, 17th January 2018
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You know that when the kids go back to school that the festive season is well and truly over. No matter how much you delay taking down the decorations at home and using up the last of your frozen turkey will ever be able to bring about a return to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. No, the festive season is well and truly over and there is no hope of turning back the clock. Even the most optimistic of children will not be talking about how many sleeps it is until Santa comes and visits again and it is a hardy parent who can use the excuse of giving coal to their kids when they misbehave. All we have to look forward to is the St. Patricks day holidays in March and then Easter some time later after that. It is a cold and desolate time of the year and all the bills arriving in together in one go just makes the reality that little bit harder to bear. So in other words it's a return to normal, but just a little bit worse than it usually is.

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