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I have lived long enough to know that things never remain quite the same for very long.
One of the things that has not changed all that much for me is the celebration of Christmas.
It remains a time when I try to put aside the anxieties of the moment and remember that Christ was born to bring peace and tolerance to a troubled world.
The birth of Jesus naturally turns our thoughts to all new-born children and what the future holds for them.
The birth of a baby brings great happiness - but then the business of growing up begins.