Re-read my Dickens-like blog: nothing's quite what it seems. Xmas may be a Christian festival, but all religions are merely a different door leading to the same house.
As HM The Queen said yesterday, whatever your personal ethos may be, family is all-important. But it's not the material things like gifts that matter, it's the communication. Stop and listen to the birds who live in our urban landscapes. The din from traffic, sirens and people has become so strong that many have stopped their traditional song. Tragically, some have started mimicking burglar alarms. A desperate plea for help, but is anyone listening?
Someone once said 'give 'em the flowers now', and it's very true. It's vital to show the people you love that you care. Not by buying them material 'flowers', but by telling them. Don't wait until after they've gone. Many are the glorious eulogies read at funeral wakes. Too late. Give 'em the 'flowers' now.
Communication. That's the key. Tell the right thing at the right time to the right person, and all will be well. You know who they are. Don't wait. Do it now.
Season's greetings to you all.