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Hopping around with Hopibi: It’s Christmas time in the city…

Christmas is coming near

And the geese are getting fat

Please put a penny

In the old man’s hat!

Do also remember to put all your trash in the bins in public places. I’m sure, revelers in Oman are going to have parties at home as well as outdoors during this festive season which calls for sharing warmth, friendship, and, of course, lots of food and drink. But, let’s make this year’s parties smart with a little concern for the environment.

Invariably, at most outdoor parties in villa compounds and lawns, some people will just enjoy themselves while a few will get down to the task of gathering the litter after all the cars roll out of the precinct with jolly guys and gals still singing in the rear seats. But, you can make a difference by offering to help your host in picking up the trash, that people have left behind carelessly in every corner of the apartment, before you leave.

If you attend a lawn party, remember not to invite ants and insects by dropping bits of food around or spilling your drink over the grass. Also, if you cannot finish the beverage you poured for yourself, don’t empty your glass near the roots of a nearby plant – it doesn’t need any complimentary effervescence.

I know, that Christmas caps, bugles, phantom spectacles, masks and the like are all part of the party décor that individuals don to add more colour to the gathering. But, you don’t need to tuck them between sofa cushions or leave them on window sills when you leave – just take them along and reduce the burden for your host. And, if you cannot find a tissue box to wipe your fingers after enjoying scrumptious finger food, remember, I’ll be hiding somewhere to watch you discreetly wipe your hands on the sides of the sofas or the window drapes. So, keep a mini sanitiser handy in your purse or pocket.

Guys, it Christmastime in the city! You can be merry but let the environment be merry, too, with a little discipline. If you see me around, do stop to say ‘Hi!’ If you don’t, look out for me in TheWeek. May be, I’ll have your story to tell the next time around.