Greater vitality, reduced emotional burden – reasons why I’ve consistently favored men who are younger.

There’s nothing novel about dating younger men. I always found them appealing, and at the age of 45, I had a child with a 30-year-old man. He wasn’t necessarily wiser, just less cynical, with fewer emotional burdens and more vitality than men my age. Even now in my early 70s, I still lean towards younger partners. However, nowadays, even the younger men tend to be too old for my liking. What’s an elderly lady to do?

Sonia Hussain
London

You mention a Ritz advisor who states that during Christmas, the hotel welcomes families “whose great-grandfather has been a guest at the hotel since 1906.” Given that the great-grandfather would be at least 117 years old and likely to have a smaller appetite, one can only hope that the hotel offers him a substantial discount on his £600 lunch.

Neil Cole
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

For another carol with a timely message, consider “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” Its poignant plea – “O hush the noise, ye men of strife / And hear the angels sing” – feels increasingly relevant each passing year.

Caroline Alexander
Shoreham, Kent

John Harris expresses concerns about the Tory party’s absence (Opinion, 17 December). I would propose that a more accurate acronym for their state is that they are now entirely fubar.

Austen Lynch
Garstang, Lancashire

If you find yourself struggling to come up with new adventures for the elf on a shelf, don’t fret. Just get a Burmese cat. It will surpass even the most imaginative owners’ expectations.

Jane Lawson
London

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