May we all have a very happy and blessed Christmas. Remembering departed friends and entertaining – and being entertained by – the friends who are still with us. It is a magical time not just for children but for all of us when we lift ourselves, or get lifted, whether we like it or not, from everyday life with its sudden shocks and long aches. It’s a time for thinking what life is about, although we are getting used to Christmas just as the Holiday Season, the Festive Season, the Please Leave Religion Out of This Season. Sometimes people worry about this, but why should they? As long as we celebrate with courtesy and with respect for other people’s comfort as well as our own fun, why should there not be a mid-winter festival, with horns blowing and bells jingling and laughter in the market place? It’s like keeping Sunday holy, worshipping is holy, and fun is holy too, so why not do both on the one day? Doing both together at the one time, though, doesn’t work, as many a preacher has found out when making a joke that falls flat during a sermon.