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Well, obviously it isn’t Christmas. It’s not even December yet, but I heard Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ in a shop earlier, so in my mind Christmas has started. I think I’ve actually done well to avoid hearing any Christmas songs until now.

Being the simple-minded bloke I am, I can’t even really contemplate Christmas until after A’s birthday. Actually, it’s not just about me being unable to cope with thinking about A’s birthday and Christmas at the same time. It’s more of a bloody mindedness that A’s birthday is important and nothing should overshadow – or even cast a slight shadow – on that, not even Christmas. It’s a good job A decided to make her appearance three weeks earlier than her due date, really.