For the first time in many months I had to stand as I watched the miles go by on board the Derry to Belfast train. All the carriages were packed with Christmas shoppers and there was no room to sit down until we reached Yorkgate. Standing room only, too, on my bus journey home from a bustling Belfast city centre.
And when I walked past my local shopping centre all I could see were angry motorists queueing for an elusive parking spot.
As we scurry about searching for those gifts that will make this Christmas the best ever, have we no room left in our brains to wonder why we do all this each yule-tide? Will the next few days be just another Xmas or a CHRISTmas for you? In a world of political correctness and 'Let's not offend anyone' syndrome, is there no room for the Cross of Christ this Christmas?.
Let's enjoy this winter solstice, but will you, maybe for the first time in a long time, leave a little room for the Christ child this year?