Leader, December 24 2021

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers and advertisers.

As we approach the end of another difficult year, we hope everyone is spoiled this festive season.

Gifts don’t have to the cost the earth to mean the most – the Christmas light that Sandy McKinven hand-crafted for his daughter Isla meant a huge amount to the teen after years of missing the original.

One of the most disappointing things for the family was that the light hadn’t remained up for Christmas Day itself.

With calm weather forecast for tonight, we’re sure it will still be standing in the McKinvens’ garden tomorrow, meaning Isla’s creation will see its very first Christmas!

Most of us will have finished our festive shopping by now, but there may be some people with last-minute gifts to buy.

At this stage, it is only possible to shop locally but we should make a conscious effort to support small businesses at all times, where possible.

The results of the surveys carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses show most business owners are fearful for the future amid the uncertainty of the pandemic.

January is a tough time for businesses at the best of times, so we must support the many Kintyre businesses who offer a fantastic range of products and services now more than ever.