This Christmas could have been a somber and joyless event. But, thankfully, a positive attitude and an awful lot of distraction meant that my mum and the rest of us not only got through it but actually enjoyed the day. Various presents were exchanged, my own favourites being a cd of Bach motets, a large tub of Gentleman's Relish and two tickets to see 12th Night in London with Stephen Fry as Malvolio. More fun than getting any of these was watching the others get things they wanted, especially when they didn't have a clue what was coming. There were a few tears before bedtime, but it was a healing and uplifting day.