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Yes astute readers, this is my Christmas post. Conscientious followers will instinctively guess why Christmas was mercilessly struck from the title and replaced by “Goodwill”. I have not suggested any noticeable timetable and it is only via context of “the season” that Christmas would have featured at all. Goodwill should be considered “open ended” and not limited to a day or even a season. It is for all time. That is why the word was selected in place of, the more predictable, Christmas. Nevertheless if this post had been launched in, say, April or June, its potent meaning might have conjured quite different metaphoric imagery. I mean, why talk about Christmas and its festive season before November?

The real Jesus (for the purposes of Christian religious dogma) was born thirty seven years after the birth of Christ. He, presumably, would have celebrated Hanukah. Historically there is…

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