It’s a day for family and friends, for setting the ills of the world to one side and relaxing with a favourite drink or even that bottle of Shloer which always seems to find its way into the cupboard.
This Christmas, like last year, will be a little different to those in the past.
The spectre of Covid remains hanging in the air, with the prospect of a longer, darker January than we would like also approaching.
But sometimes, the best gift is simply realising what we already have.
At this time last year, the vaccine was only beginning to get to those people who needed it most. This year, the majority of us are doubled-jabbed and many have been boosted.
That has given us more freedom to be with family and friends, to get out and socialise — something that was all too absent from last year’s festivities.
The best gift we can our friends, loved ones and the general public is to keep following the advice and doing what we need to do to stay safe.
That way, we can be back in business quicker, keep the pressure off our health service and edge closer to a normality missing for almost two years now.
Pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues may be facing restrictions, but the Executive has moved quickly to make available £40m in grants. This will help some of the businesses most in need.
It’s a time to take delight in the presence of loved ones, take joy from the excitement of children and take pleasure from the experience of giving.
It’s also a time to spare a thought for people on their own. A simple phone call can make someone’s day if you’re unable to call in person.
After all, it’s the little things that often make the biggest difference.
As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
By doing the right things in the present, we can leave the past two years behind and look forward to the future.
Wherever you are and whoever you’re spending Christmas Day with, on this Christmas Eve, we wish all our readers and advertisers a happy Christmas and a healthy 2022.