Christmas Eve. Just broken up from work for a 4 day break, which for me is the longest Xmas holiday I've had since I finished school. Tomorrow, my wife and I will spend the day at my mother's, and then phone her family in America to wish them all the best for the holiday season. We'll probably eat just a little bit too much turkey, listen to the Queen's Christmas message (where she'll probably tell us how bad things are) and enjoy some live football on TV. At this time of year, I think of the members of my family who are no longer here and also realise that I have a lot to be thankful for. While it's true that our economy - along with many others - is in dire shape, and the next 12 months and beyond are going to be extremely challenging, there are many people who battle with illness and real poverty that badly need a little light in their darkness. My local football team were on TV earlier this week, visiting the children's ward at the local hospital. It was heartbreaking to see youngsters who are suffering from illness - in some cases terminal - and very humbling to see them smile at things most of us take for granted. So, it's my New Year's resolution to try and be a better person in 2009, and to better understand the needs of others.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, I wish you the best Xmas you can have and hope that 2009 is kind to you.