It is nearly here. Whether you immerse yourself completely in the festivities or hole up in a cave on top of Ben Nevis until it is all over, tomorrow is Christmas Day. Personally I love it, although I can understand why people distance themselves from the excesses and unnecessary pressures. I love it because it is the time of the year when people seem less embarrassed, not so self-conscious, to be nice to one another. Not everyone, that is true. At this very moment the food hall of M&S might be a little less kindly, sharpened knitting needles may be involved. But many do find it within themselves to be more thoughtful and empathetic, to smile at strangers and wish happiness and merriment to people they have only just met. To link arms and sing songs about peace and joy. And I like that very much. It shows great potential for western civilisation.*
Enjoy yourselves whichever route you are taking. And I wish you and yours a splendid 2020. Keep the faith, whatever that might be.
* Philosophy thanks to The Muppet Christmas Carol.