Do we really remember what it was like to get excited about Christmas? Not just the presents we asked for from Father Christmas but the tree that was so tall that one of the grown-ups had to put the star and/or angel on top, the setting of the table for extra guests, with crackers and achingly embarrassing paper hats, the huge meal out of all proportion to any other meal served all year, Christmas pudding, Christmas mince pies and Christmas cake all somehow to be consumed on the day, watching TV with the flashing lights of the tree reflecting in the screen. I really try to enjoy the season right from when the shops start the oversell on Christmas decorations. Even with the crazy preparations and the pressure to include everyone and spend time with everyone, it all helps to remind me to show a few people that they are not alone, that someone out there cares about them and values their happiness too.
"The Computer's First Christmas Card" Edwin Morgan, 1968