This was Christmas Eve setting on the estate on which I live, viewed from the local church.
It is now 11.10pm, the frosting air punctured by flashing fairy lights and music spilling out from passing cars.
We are almost there. In this pregnant hour, from a deep Mancunian night, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, wherever and whenever this greeting finds you.
Thanks for flying with City Jackdaw.