I see that the news is full today with the Christmas messages that the various political leaders want to get across and no doubt on Friday, our good queen Liz will be reflecting back over the miserable year we've had and offer words of hope that there is a limit to how bad things will get in order to avert a revolution. Maybe she will be tempting us to just hang in there for another four years, when the chance will come to kick the Tories out of power again? I can't think of an occasion in my life when I've heard a Christmas message of any kind that hit the spot with me. Cynicism is in my genes though and there ain't a lot I can do about it. That's not to say I don't find this a time to reflect back over this year and have hope that next year will improve. Of course it will for some. They were saying in the news on Tuesday that in the coming year, rent increases will outstrip the cost of mortgages, so that'll be nice for some, won't it? I don't have much of a Christmas message to offer other than say there are some things that might get you over the festive period. The test match starts on Boxing day, Charlie Brooker will be giving his annual, satirical wipe of the year on the 30th and Jools Holland will be tinkling the ivories once again on New Year's Eve, hopefully with a bit more boogie woogie than of late. But how about you? Were you charged with offering a Christmas message to the nation, what would you be telling us?