However -- and, yes, yes, I know I've said all this before! -- when blogging resumes in 2008, it is likely to be an occasional, rather than a daily, offering. The combination of finding material for a new blog every 24 hours combined with a total absence of any work in the foreseeable future means that, in the New Year, I really have to focus my attention on trying to write for money...
Still, may I thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog and I hope we'll continue our conversations - albeit a little less frequently - for a while to come.
Having spent most evenings during the past few weeks listening to the words of Charles Dickens, I thought I'd end this almost-Christmas blog with some lines from the closing paragraphs of his still-magical A Christmas Carol, describing Ebenezer Scrooge after his various reforming encounters with the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future...
Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.
Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset... His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him
...And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed...God bless Us, Every One!
And that's almost all for now - except that tomorrow there'll be a little Christmas present for you all!
Image: Greg Hale, © 2007