When glad tidings and good cheer don't quite cut it
This week marks the start of the real Christmas madness. And judging by the queues in Dundrum Town Centre, the sweaty, crowded pubs and the fact that calls to several restaurants to nab a booking were met with a negative, the festive frenzy is in full swing.
Frank Sinatra once urged the world to "have themselves a merry little Christmas" in song. But this may prove impossible for all those who suffered loss this year. Those who became unemployed; those mourning the death of a loved one; those who said goodbye to an emigrating son or daughter; those diagnosed with a serious illness or those who are going through a marriage separation.
What is it about Christmas and the raw emotions it unearths? Maybe it is not the most wonderful time of the year.