The dark days are over, light the yule log.
In between the childish parts of the holiday season and the more timorous adult happenings it is good to spend a moment remembering those who will only be in our hearts in the coming year.
'And girls in slacks remember Dad/And oafish louts remember Mum/And sleepless children’s hearts are glad/And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Poet Laureate John Betjeman (1906-1984), from his poem Christmas.
'One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.'
Professor Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter book by J.K Rowling.
Ladies and Gentlemen I offer a toast. To absent friends.
Schöni Fäschttäg und e guets neus Jahr.