Let's not forget the real message this Christmas
When you take all the wrapping paper away, what is left of the substance of Christmas?
Is there a gift there at all? Where is the meaning behind the commercialism, preparation, fuss and fleeting celebration? Most of us in this part of the world would have it that there is.
Whether you are a believer or not, the simplest story ever told - one which has it that a king would be born at the height of the Roman empire to bring peace to an oppressed people - has an allure. For then, as now, people cherished a hope that a mighty, invincible, all-conquering hero could save them.