Christmas is nigh.
A snug-lit festival in winter’s darkest month: steaming mince pies and red-nosed jumpers, clove-warm mulled wine and pigs in blankets.
It’s a brimful of hygge on the 25th. All wrapped up with family and friends (whether you like them or not).
But for as many as 1.4 million people in the UK it could be Christmas For One.
Which is why Otto’s post box plans to bring a smile to some local faces. Simply pen a message on a card, post it in the red box, and it’ll be delivered it to an older someone who might be alone this Christmas.
Not that ‘alone’ necessarily means ‘lonely’, of course. A solo Christmas can be a well-considered option after decades of squashed satsumas at the bottom of a stocking, or another booze-fuelled falling out at 4 in the afternoon.
But at least you have a choice.
Last collection at Otto’s is 16th December – the post box is in a cosy corner downstairs – all very hygge.
If you don’t have an Otto’s where you live, there will always be local people who would love some Christmas cheer, in any which way you can give it. Look out for a similar red letter box near you – apparently there are a few scattered around, quietly placed in various venues by a very thoughtful person.
Alone or not, lonely or not, everybody needs a little bit of hygge.