In recent days I’ve been getting up early and going to thank some of the people who work so hard behind the scenes to make Christmas special for us.

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I’ve been to the Royal Mail sorting office in Hove which was a frenzy of activity. Vast quantities of cards and parcels. I got to thank the person who delivers mail to my office, and help load some parcels into vans for delivery.

I also visited the big Sainsbury’s and the people responsible for keeping shelves stacked and delivering the Internet food orders. I must admit that it was a shock to me at just how big an operation it is to get deliveries picked and delivered. Once the store closes for customers teams move in and work through the night to pick internet orders from the shelves, sort them in a massive area at the back of the store, and prepare it for delivery in the morning.

I wanted to meet the people who work to make Christmas a more enjoyable experience for us and to learn about their work which is mostly hidden from view. But mostly I just wanted to tell as many of them as possible that the huge amount of hard work they put in at this time of year is appreciated by us all.

I really hope you’re preparations for Christmas are going well. All the best, Peter

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