CHRISTMAS is a time for giving — and for gratitude.
This year, many families face worrying challenges. Yet the generosity of the British people — and warm-hearted Sun readers especially — knows no bounds.
They are willing to dig deep, emotionally and financially, for good causes.
So as we do our last-minute shopping, let’s spare a thought and raise a glass to absent friends and those less fortunate than ourselves.
Think of children in care, the poor and the elderly, many spending Christmas alone.
Remember our brave troops who, even as we are toasting good health and a long life, are risking their own under enemy fire.
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KILLER Robert Napper is set to enjoy FOUR DAYS of festive feasting in Broadmoor — as hard-up families struggle with the credit crunch.
Monster Napper, who last week admitted slaughtering young mum Rachel Nickell, will be treated to gourmet menus over Christmas and New Year.
He and other patients at the top-security hospital will be offered mouth-watering fare headed by a full Christmas Day lunch of roast turkey, pud and brandy sauce — served up by nurses in party hats.
Fiends including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Cannibal Killer Peter Bryan and Stockwell Strangler Kenneth Erskine can also tuck into full cooked or light breakfasts.
On Boxing Day the 278 patients will lunch on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
On New Year’s Day they can even have sirloin steak — and there are vegetarian, halal and “healthy option” dishes too. If they are still peckish they can munch a whole range of snacks including quiche, pizza, crisps, drumsticks, mince pies and gateaux.
In between scoffing platefuls many families can only dream of, Napper may find some time to do his job of feeding Broadmoor’s chickens.
Or he may listen to CDs or play games with other patients — many of whom will have used their Government benefits to buy gifts from catalogues.
In wards decorated with images of tinsel, stockings and holly, killers and paedophiles can watch jolly Christmas films on giant flat-screen plasma TVs.
And the highlight of Christmas Day is the awarding of a £50 cash prize to the best-decorated ward.
In contrast, staff get their Christmas dinner a week before December 25 — and have to PAY £7 each for it.
An insider said: “It’s a sick joke that taxpayers’ money ensures evil people eat like lords while staff have to pay. There are pensioners and people who have lost their jobs who just won’t believe these menus.”