Late in the day. The parts of the family that visited are gone. So is the additional visitor (those who know us know that we seem to specialize in picking up additional guests for some holidays), a magician friend of one of the other guests who entertained and mystified.
It is family and comfort and reasonably good health, the caring and the warmth. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, doesn't matter. We are deeply fortunate (some would say blessed). So many others are not.
It's worth a bit, tonight, to think about the poor and the downtrodden, the victims of our society and our clients, the hungry, the lost, the homeless, the physically, mentally, and spiritually abused and afflicted. Of our clients and those likely to become them. Of the dispossessed. Of all those less fortunate than we are.
Whatever your belief system, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I offer warm and heartfelt wishes.