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Holiday Characters - The GODSEND

The Godsend . The Performer . The Joker . The Martyr . The Sherpa . The Ligger . The Trojan . The Shirker . What's your type?

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes. We've defined people by what they do or don't do. You may cringe at one or two and say hey, that's me. But secretly, we'd all like to know who and what we are. Don't worry, we're not about to subject you to Jungian psychoanalysis. For one, we're not qualified, and two, it's a bit deep for holidays. So, we promise to keep it light and have some fun. And if we strike a nerve, let's hope it's the funny bone.

The Godsend

Let's say this upfront, he or she is not religious. However they are angels of a kind and might appear in your dreams. They look out for you. They read your mind and take the strain off you. They can turn a disaster into a triumph and radiate good luck. they have many gifts and can be kind, amusing, creative, and many other things in one afternoon. Godsends are often kids or older folk, but can be any age. The one golden rule is never to tell anyone that they are a Godsend, as this may become a curse and turn them into The Martyr...

Illustration by Paul Davis

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