Alpha, the kids and I are about to embark upon a no doubt torturous expedition to Normandy, where we are staying in the 'Christmas Castle' (as dubbed by Firstborn) with about 30m members of Alpha's clan.
Wish me luck. We will either still be on the M25 come Christmas Day (today's headlines: 'Freezing Fog Causes Travel Chaos!) or the alternative scenario is that we will actually get there but I will have to go sit in a dark room for the rest of the holidays due to an overload of childish tantrums en route.
We shall see.
But to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and we'll be back before the New Year.