Christmas will soon be here. In Shakespeare’s words, “Now sits expectation in the air”.1 Little children are expecting Santa Claus. Most of us are expecting Christmas presents. Some of us are expecting Christmas bonuses. Some of us are expecting better days ahead in the coming year. There may even be those among us who, for one day at least, will be expecting the early arrival of peace on earth. Perhaps like no other day of the year, Christmas has a way of enlarging our expectations. But the day comes and goes, and the enthusiasm wanes, the expectations shrink — and we slip back into the old, seemingly predictable, daily routine. The status quo becomes our security blanket. Our expectations are…
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