Today this newspaper carries inspirational stories of triumph over trauma. A mother and daughter who survived cancer, a woman who has a new lease of life following a heart transplant and a woman who underwent fertility treatment to become pregnant and then found she was having twins.
All of them have faced up to their problems with great fortitude and resilience and this Christmas will be very special to them and their families. Their stories also remind us that there are presents which are beyond value - health and the joy of children. It is a lesson we should take to heart this festive season.