I too will reach that tender vintage, but in about five of your Earth months from now (which, I'm sure you'll agree, is a much-better time of year for birthdays: though November's always got a certain special edge to it).
Is there anything in particular I should know about re turning 58? Does anything (else) drop off/get bigger/smaller, fall-out/turn grey?
I just want all advertisers to understand - if you haven't the intestinal fortitude to mention Christmas in your ads I'm not buying your stuff. If you want to cover other religious festivals then spit out the money for multiple ads. And the atheists - ignore them, they have no right to a holiday
1970 and my child-loathing Primary School teachers made us rehearse the Little Drummer Boy for the Christmas Carol Concert. Hated it, twee humilitating tosh, really really hated it - everyone wanted to be the drummer boy (curse you Russell White) because then you didn't have to sing.
Of course the mothers and tone-deaf grannies loved it. I think this was because they sensed our discomfort.
Around this time of year when I got a bit tiresome or uppity, my mum (who always sang when busy in the kitchen) would go .. what was that beautiful song you used to sing ? parum papum pum.
Mother, I'm off to clean out the elephants at Billy Smart's - DON'T FOLLOW ME.
If you're in a region where the climate is cold at Christmas: scarves, hats, gloves. In a region where it is warm at Christmas: hats of the sun protection variety, accessories for sun-glasses, e.g. microfibre cleaning cloths and optical cleaning fluid, nicer glasses cases. Most people need these things even if they don't realise it, so they are unlikely to be totally useless gifts.
For kids, book gift vouchers such as the National Book Tokens sold in the UK. Has many beneficial virtues: kids must visit a store to buy something, they get to pick something, they can spend them in smaller independent shops, it gives them some time away from screens.