In the unionist world of 'No', Leo still hears a 'Yes'
The empty bottles of wine had not yet been taken to the recycling centres. The traditional stories of the first babies born in 2018 had barely been written. Indeed it was still technically Christmas, if you go by the 12 Days version - and there we were again, reading about the Taoiseach's vision of a United Ireland.
Or an "Agreed Ireland", as he called it this time, using the words of John Hume, looking forward to "a set of relationships that we can all be happy with".
But he wasn't letting go of the straight United Ireland either, pointing out that "our Constitution is clear on this. Our Constitution aspires to there being a United Ireland. I share that aspiration".