Going that extra mile to reach out to friends and family to make memories that last throughout the year has always been at the centre of celebrations around the festive period.
These are dangerous times for the Union.
One of my earliest and clearest memories is as a seven-year-old, going out with all of my primary school to watch the Gordon Highlanders parade through Inverurie.
When politics is driven by the search for slight and offence, a key skill is to turn relatively good news into the source of outrage and offence.
Boris Johnson seemingly launched his first major infrastructure project this week, rebuilding Labour's "red wall" across the north of England.
Hit with yet another poll showing majority support for Scottish independence, Number 10 has been advised to break the emergency glass and slam the red button.
As far as press coverage of the current pandemic situation is concerned, the old saying “You pays your money and you takes your choice” has never been more accurate.
The Scottish Government should restrict new hate crime laws to behaviour or material that is threatening, rather than abusive, writes Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie from policy analysis collective MurrayBlackburnMackenzie.
You can’t go home again: Going back to Holyrood was good but not as good as it was before coronavirus
Covering Scottish politics has its moments, but going to Holyrood for a day's work is not normally a cause for celebration.
In any normal government, losing one Cabinet secretary might be regarded as misfortune, but losing four begins to look a bit more like carelessness.
Humza Yousaf: Hate Crime Bill strikes right balance between respecting freedom of expression and tackling hate speech
The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill looks to modernise, consolidate and extend hate crime legislation in Scotland.