Tis the season

It’s that time of year again. My local shops have been smothered in sparkly stuff for some time; the greengrocer is selling fir trees and a man dressed in a dodgy red and white outfit has been sighted in the area.

Tis the season to wind up children. The ones I teach are far too old and cynical to believe in Father Christmas, so last year I set out on a one-woman mission to change that. I asserted that Santa was real, argued in favour of his existence and kept a straight face when challenged. Eventually I managed to persuade two of my class of 11 year-olds that I really do believe in Father Christmas.

Can I improve on that this year? I ho, ho, hope so.

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