you were to spend Christmas Day with a stranger?! Let me explain .... I have been doing some voluntary befriending work for a good few months now. I meet with a woman who lives in a deprived area once a week (always the same woman) and spend a couple of hours chatting with her, having coffee, playing with her baby, etc. She's a really nice person and a great mum and I thoroughly enjoy our meetings and care about her and the baby. She has social problems; is slightly agoraphobic, has some depression and anxiety, finds it difficult to talk to people. She doesn't really have friends locally, her mother died a couple of years back and her dad lives in England. She seems to really value and appreciate our befriending relationship. She has recently become a single parent and although doing a wonderful job with her wee one, understandably finds it hard going at times. When the relationship with her partner ended a few weeks ago, she mentioned quite in passing that she wasn't quite sure what to do for the baby's first Christmas. I offered to have them both over to ours for Christmas Day if stuck (it's the Glaswegian in me!). It looks like she may take me up on the offer. We have young daughters and a house full of toys, so I think they'd have a ball. Mr Tarte says he doesn't mind, for which I could hug him, but I hope it's not too much of an ask? Think he'd rather it was just us but will happily do it for me. I am excited at the thought of having them over, but I ought to have consulted my family first. They're laidback and won't mind but I do worry slightly that I've been too rash where they are concerned ... How would your partner feel in this situation? ... Oh, and sorry to bring the C. word up so early!