1 Not everybody spends Christmas at home with loved ones. Thank you to all of those of you who will be working – whether it’s in a hospital, a police station, a war zone, a restaurant, an airport, a residential home, in entertainment or one of the many other places that never stops. I hope that you get a little time to yourself to read a good book.
2 If you’re one of the many for whom Christmas is a trial, through bereavement, isolation, illness, estrangement, worry for a loved one (see 1 above), belief or lack of it, you’re the put upon one who makes Christmas happen for everybody else and go largely unnoticed, or plain old bah-humbugedness, I will be thinking of you. See 1 also re the read a good book thing.
3 For those who will have a holiday, pig out, watch too much TV, play with the kids’ toys, welcome your friends and family into your home or go and trash theirs, I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas.
And lots of books.