It seems that Christmas has been coming for several months now.
I saw a Christmas tree lurking in my local pub at the beginning of September - surely a record!
And yet it doesn't feel very 'Christmassy' as we look at world affairs, politics and what goes on in the lives of so many people.
It doesn't feel very Christmassy,of course, because we've made Christmas in our own image, rather than in the image and likeness of the very first Christmas.
The very first Christmas was a tale of a birth, always a joyful event, in the midst of considerable human turmoil.
It was not at all different from what so many of us are experiencing today; a real life born in the real circumstances of the day.