It is now Christmas Eve. A minority of people will be sat at home, in a traditional Dickensian family circle, waiting for Christmas. In rather more households there will be excited children rushing around, and all blessing to them and their harried parents.
But for a great many people, including most people who spend their lives online, this evening will be spent on their own, as will tomorrow and many more days. We need not be surprised. In our age this is normal. Let us never regret that we do not enjoy the kind of Christmas that the TV advertisers tell us that we all should. The reality of this world in these days is that a great number of people will be on their own.
It is traditional for bloggers to wish their readers a happy Christmas, and I shall not omit this courtesy. I wish everyone reading these words a merry Christmas, and every blessing.
I include in these words those who I count as my friends, and those who have worked with me during the year.
I include in these words those who have written to me, those who have encouraged me, those who have shared in this work of education and learning.
I include everyone who intends to do good to his fellow man; and I include those who are simply trying to get by.
I include those who disagree with me. I hope that disagreement may be generous, at least on our own side.
I also include, this Christmas time, one poor unhappy soul far away. I don’t know his name, for he has taken pains to be anonymous. I include him because I believe that this poor soul has little to enjoy at Christmas, and is an unhappy man. I infer this because last year he had nothing better to do on Christmas day, the best of days, than to go online and attempt to cause me an injury. Pathetically, he failed, in that I did not even learn of his deed until months later, and didn’t care even then. I suspect that he reads this blog occasionally. If so, I wish him a happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.
This Christmas I will be blogging away, and will try to provide something for people to read. I’m still busy with the Mithras pages, which are beginning to assume a form which is not altogether horrible. I hope to have a couple of Hymns by St. Ephraim the Syrian, newly translated into English, for you tomorrow.
Merry Christmas to you all!