When I were a lad.

Well here we are on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

Looking at the maps on Google Earth of the city centre and local out of town shopping centres it looks as though plenty of people are out and about, either doing last minute gift shopping or wandering around like Zombies wondering what they will do tomorrow with the shops shut.

I would imagine that Christmas morning, like the Christmas mornings for a few years past will see the cul-de-sac I live in deserted, nobody about all the residents sitting about looking at their gifts.

Now when I was a lad I remember it so different. Children would get gifts that they could use outside, and a glance out the window would show children proudly riding up and down on their new bikes or zooming up and down the footpaths on their new roller skates. Wrapped up against the cold.

You don’t see this now, no doubt on Christmas morning children will be sitting in doors with their electronic gifts, texting their mates bragging about their new whizz bang tablet or their new phone with all the latest features. But they wont be communicating face to face, getting some fresh air and showing off their toys.

Now I may be getting old but I think the fact they will be indoors will be a shame and their loss, what do you think?