Many recent Christmases have had their sadness, but I have tried to make them a little special none the less. Following tradition has a great way of stabilizing you, of making you feel you have roots even if at time they seem to be in shifting sands.
Not being where you really want to be, or with who you really want to be with can bring so many negative feelings that it is difficult to stay positive - the trick is to enjoy what you have, with who you are with, and plan for better days and reunions. For me staying positive is helped by being in this wonderful city. Honk Kong really is exciting and vibrant, culturally varied and safe.
It would be wrong to think that Hong Kong was a perfect society though. There are many people living here who are disadvantaged and, for whom, Christmas will be a sad time. Hundreds of thousands of overseas domestic helpers will be helping their employers have a great Christmas while secretly crying that they will not see their own young children and families.
Honk Kong owes a duty to these armies of hard-working, sometimes abused and low paid workers which I hope it will one day repay. Hong Kong would grind to a halt without them.
Now that I have got all of that out of the way, I will start to prepare for my very merry Christmas. I have been here long enough now to know where to find the things that make Christmas special for me – a proper Turkey Christmas dinner, stilton cheese, vintage port, crackers, mince pies, a tree, mulled wine, Christmas pudding.... I am so lucky...... This year I will have them, and I will share them. Merry Christmas to EVERYBODY.