Only four more sleeps to Christmas, and your pal the Skipper is in an uncharacteristically jolly mood.

Perhaps it’s the sherry, or all the great festive things that have been going on around Falmouth, from the live nativity, Christmas markets, or the slew of kids’ productions we’ve pictured in this week’s pages.

Moreover, I’m looking forward to sitting down with Mrs Skipper for turkey, as well as catching up with friends and family.

However, as we settle in for days of overindulgence of whatever kind, it’s important to remember that Christmas is a time of giving, sharing, and - for the believers among us - Christian charity.

For many, and their numbers seem to be swelling, Yuletide can mean cold, potentially deadly nights, without food or shelter.

Spare a thought for the less fortunate in our society, and consider offering them what you can, either personally, or through organisations such as Shelter, St Petroc’s, or the Foodbank in Penryn.

It’s a gift that’s guaranteed to leave you even warmer inside. Merry Christmas.

To see how to donate to Penryn Foodbank, go here.

To see how to support St Petro's, go here.

And for more information about Shelter, go here.