1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2

Well, my fellow port swillers, here we are at Christmas, A.D. 2011.  I know it’s been a good year for some of you, a so-so year for others and an absolute annus horribilis for a few.   Whatever the circumstances in which the holiday finds you, my love, prayers and best wishes – based on the Hope born with our Lord which is what Christmas is all about – go out to you.

So pray pass the port (to the left, of course) and charge your glasses.  Bumpers all round, ladies and gentlemen, and no heel taps!  A very Merry Christmas to you and God bless!

(N.B. – Ol’ Robbo will be taking a bit of a vacation, finishing up with a New Year’s Eve road trip to the vast, but secure, holdings of the (former) Llama Military Correspondent and family.  Posting may be a bit spotty until after the turn of the year.)

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