...Bah!


Christmas is not a time for marketing messages - so if you forgive me when I simply plagiarise (albiet edited) one of my most favourite storys...


"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited"... ..."I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!''

Taken from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.


I shall be watching (again!) the Alastair Sim version of "Scrooge", and if you have never seen - I would highly recommend it! The Preface to the first edition of the book reads --  "I have endeavoured in this ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly and no one wish to lay it. Your faithful friend and servant, December 1843"


And to paraphrase Scrooge himself but in a nice way! -- Keep Christmas in your own way (whatever that may be!), and I will keep it in mine!


Merry Christmas -- God Bless Us, Every One!


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