Or these days, the lack thereof - it's the time of giving, and we ain't too proud to beg...

Tragically, for most of us, gone are the days when employees used to receive a nice juicy bonus in their pay packet.

Merry Christmas

Now if you get anything at all, you can count yourself lucky.

These days a traditional Christmas hamper, containing a myriad of delicacies that will live in your larder for the next ten years, would be exceedingly well received, as would a large wad of gift vouchers or a case of wine. Or even a mini-bar bottle of Blue Nun. Or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Anything. But something. Just a little something. Please. Just to show a glimmer of appreciation. Or just recognition. Even a dog-eared Christmas card from the boss. Come on... please...?