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Nothing beats time with your loved ones

SAROUND THIS time of year a line from an old Christmas carol always comes to mind: "Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes it brings good cheer." Yes folks, its that time of year again. Time to try and forget the troubles and cares of this weary old world for a few days at least and embrace and marvel at the miracle of the joy and peace that steals into all our hearts at this magical time of the year.

I will be enjoying Christmas this year with my family in Listowel and the icing on my Christmas cake is that my daughter Ellie, living abroad in Spain, will be home to join the rest of the family this Christmas Day. Of course, this a happy time for all families and particularly for those with little kids. And it is also a time to remember our departed loved ones who will be missing from this year's feast. At the end of the day, after all the glitter and tinsel and Christmas trees, fairy lights and presents, having family around the house is all that matters. I wish all Herald readers a happy Christmas.