Mary can make Christmas very merry indeed for others
She was known as Mary Christmas to her family because of her past generosity. But with a £12.9m lottery win in the bank, Belfast woman Mary Hamilton can make this festive season a very, very merry Christmas for her nearest and dearest.
Such a fortune of course will change the lifestyle of Mary and her husband Sandy - both now plan to retire from their jobs with a furniture retailer - but friends are adamant that it will not change their character.
Mary has pledged to help two very worthy local charities but also to enjoy her new-found riches.
She may well find that helping others less fortunate than herself will bring her as much joy as being able to afford anything she or her husband desire.