Christmas gives us time to assess our daily lives
Later today most of us will manage to declare a truce and finally call it "Christmas". Many of us have rushed into the festive season frenzy, with all its excitement and pressures. But let us go back to the basic principles behind Christmas. Whatever your religious beliefs, the main focus transcends all religions and none. It is a universal story which has appealed across cultures over two thousand years.
It tells of a defenceless child, born without even a cradle to rest his head, but sent to us to bring a message of peace and joy to the entire world.
It is about our basic humanity, about how we can live together in fairness and decency. It is about recognising the humanity of others and their inalienable rights in affording "room at the inn" to all.