Whatever this time of year means to you I hope that you are well and that you are where you need to be tomorrow.
In a frenetic digital world many of us have lost the ability to pause and consider our good fortune.
My son arrived back from university last night and our clan is united again for a few precious weeks.
If you are making a last minute journey back to your family then I hope you get there safe and well.
However, for some, circumstances will simply not allow them to be physically together tomorrow.
When I was a child being separated by time zones and continents from loved ones seemed insurmountable.
In the West of Ireland of my father the “American wake” was still in living memory.
Now there is Skype.
Whether you are in the same house or on the other side of the planet from each other the most important thing is the emotional closeness to those you care about.
This is also the time of year when my thoughts turn to those that I have lost through bereavement.
They will always be with me.
2012 was, in many ways, a watershed twelve months and next week I will attempt to the review the year that was in it.
For me it was an amazing year, affirming and exciting.
However, for now take the time to be with those that you care about because at the end of the day they should be at the centre of your existence.
Everything else is detail.
I hope that you and yours are well this Christmas and that the year ahead is kind to you.