Never mind. My character must be stiffened, resolutions be made, and preparations made.
I have done the cake baking, not that anyone except myself cares about that. Cake baking in such celebratory mode is good fun, character and tradition building, part of our glorious heritage, etcetera. If it is good enough to buy artificial Christmas trees, lots of tinsel, and all manner of Ho Ho Ho things, some of us actually like to think about why we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and to consider our historical heritage and what we (or I) consider to be good, and probably better than various other traditions.
Mind you, when I broach such topics of the religious significance of Christmas, my children say things, like 'Well, you did not bring us up in your religious tradition'. They are right. No, I did not, but it makes me sad to see children regarding Christmas as a massive opportunity to be given heaps of toys. Acquisitiveness starts early these days.
And I absolutely hate the way big business advances each festival relentlessly months before there is any need to. Christmas things appear in early November. The amount of sheer tizz per square metre is incredible. Quantity is everything.
By mid-January there will very likely be hot cross buns in the bakeries. And lots of chocolate Easter eggs.
Perhaps I can try and get the grandchildren to learn some carols. I need some careful thought, and some helpful suggestions.
Perhaps I will buy a small tree, even if it is a European one. I may even decorate with nativity scenes, and candles.