Christmas eve

Will Santa come for me? May you all feel the excitement of Christmas.

( Here’s one I prepared earlier)



“Will Santa come? Will Santa come tonight?”

“He might. He might.

 If you are good, he might.”

“Can I stay up and see?”

“No. He will not come for you or me

If we do not sleep .

He’s too busy to meet us all.”

“And will he come for us?

If you go to sleep – he does not like fuss.”



Tonight, by the lights of the tree

There is, at last, some grown up time for me.

The cake is iced

The wine is spiced

The carrots diced.


The pudding’s steamed

The brandy butter  creamed.

The turkey prepared  awaits

And yes, I did clean  the plates.

The tree is up, the table laid,

the cards are out , though the credit card’s unpaid!


So shall I soon with gifts a plenty

Mount the stairs to deliver twenty?

Do I dare to tread the stair?

And will it creak?

And will it creak?

When can I take a peek?

I need to know if they slumber

Before I arrive with my lumber.


If they are still awake

what dreams will go?

What heart might break?

Or do they know?

And is their belief just all for show?


So tonight by the magic tree

There is need of more time just for me

I will wait – and struggle to keep open my eyes

And  wrestle with the morality of eating  Santa’s mince pies.


My adult mind is full of Christmas chores

The cooking times, and the cards through neighbours’ doors

The parties  with  do not drink and drive in my ears

So the night does not end in tears

Drinks that might have been –  but not that cheap red

Which would give me a headache as soon as I got to bed


 I was once a child too excited to sleep

with a torrent of thoughts  about what I might be given

Hoping that it was a toy beneath the wrapping –  should I peep? –

Not more socks or hankies, preferably something to be driven


So could Santa still come for me?

Drowsily I dream as if I were eight

Hoping that Santa would not be late

Like every little boy

There is of course a much wanted toy


So will Santa come tonight?

He might, He might.

If you sleep well

and if you believe


Only if you believe.


And only if in your family

Love fills the hours you will be spending.

It could be the true Santa on the stair

Or it could be someone from an  empty chair.


So will Santa come?

He will. He will.




  1. sm
    December 24, 2017

    You old softie! Best wishes for 2018.

  2. Cheshire Girl
    December 24, 2017

    I’m sure that Santa will come for you John. I wish you and your family, a very Happy Christmas, and all the best for the New Year. 🎄

  3. Fedupsoutherner
    December 24, 2017

    A very happy Christmas to you and your family John. Thank you for taking the time to write this diary and I wish you a great new year. Fingers crossed we get lucky.

    1. Gary C
      December 24, 2017

      Ditto, and best wishes for 2018. :0)

  4. agricola
    December 24, 2017

    A career suggestion for when you give up the day job. Think about writing children’s books. Enid Blyton, Beattrix Potter, Arthur Ransome , Sue Townsend, et al need an erudite successor. Enjoy a family day tomorrow and best wishes for the New Year.

  5. Nig l
    December 24, 2017

    Wonderful. Enjoy your Christmas and may you be fortified for more ‘battles’ ahead in 2018

  6. Duncan
    December 24, 2017

    I hope your boss doesn’t see this. We all know how fond she now is of gender politics. Maybe Father Christmas is in fact Mother Christmas or Transperson Christmas

    It is unfortunate that there’s no party left in British politics that satisfies the traditional tastes of your average voter with most parties having been infected by minority rights bigots

    1. Lifelogic.
      December 24, 2017

      Indeed, he she or it will not come. This as over regulation, over taxation, political correctness, work time directives, new pay per mile truck charges, working at heights laws and the endless stream of damaging lunatic socialism from T May and P Hammond will make it uneconomic.

      Almost the only right wing policies T May had were fox hunting and grammar schools. Both are sensible, but could never have been delivered politically as she must have well know when she promised them (therefore totally dishonestly). They were just he way of pretending to be a Tory rather than the pathetic warm up act for Corbyn’s Venezuela that she seems to be.

      Corbyn’s Christmas message includes “show you care”. So whatever you do, do not vote for Labour’s destruction of the economy, even if T May is nearly as bad. Remember, if you really do care, that caring is teaching people how to be self reliant not encouraging them to live off the backs of others. Promising the earth to everyone from the magic Christmas money tree (in the Corbyn’s way) is surely blatant fraud. Promising an “end to austerity” is like promising new laws of physics and economics.

    2. Hope
      December 24, 2017

      She would prefer a gender neutral robot. That is if she even likes Christmas it is probably too Christian for her.

      Everyone needs to oppose May’s changes to sex education, it is not. It is political ideology of the young to brainwash them. It must be stopped before Greening, Rudd and May get a their way. These people are quite intolerant despite opposing false claims.

      Let the s hope for a Farage New Year to bring about a Brexit means Brexit unlike May’s stay in by another name.

  7. Richard1
    December 24, 2017

    Good to see the Pope with a strong message that unemployment is a curse, and that benefits and charity are no substitute for work for people’s dignity. Hopefully he will give public recognition therefore to the great success of the U.K. Govt over the last seven years in creating circs for record employment and low unemployment, especially in contrast to much of the Eurozone.

    1. Lifelogic.
      December 24, 2017

      And what are the main causes of unemployment dit he address that? They are expensive energy, over taxation, over regulation, the EURO, bloated government, daft restrictive employment laws, the minimum wage (which makes it illegal for many to work) and above all government incentives paid so work is not worthwhile for many.

      Can one call being a religious leader “work” really. More like begging really with those offering bowls, plates and boxes. All that dressing up, the platitudes and vacuous piety. Then again I do like early choral and sacred music. The early music show shows that even the BBC get it right sometimes.

      1. Lifelogic
        December 24, 2017

        It is very easy for religious figures and indeed politicians to endlessly virtue signal about things in vague terms. Or propose spending lots more of other people’s money on some problem. What is very clear is that the solutions they propose, of even more state, more laws, more taxes and more regulation, (which are clearly the May/Hammond/Corbyn/McDonnall solution) will make things far, far, worse.

        Why is Kwasi Kwarteng (on any questions the other day) only the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer? He is clearly so much more sound and sensible than his 15% stamp duty, tenant mugging, gig economy attacking, pension pot mugging, over taxing boss? ……….. Could they please just select on merit for a change? Also please bury that obnoxious David Lammy Report that Cameron foolishly instigation with the Mathew Taylor one too.

      2. Ed Mahony
        December 24, 2017


        Yes, there is a lot of rubbish about the Catholic Church (but NOT, in my view, about Catholic faith / doctrine, and the authority of the Pope on these, but that’s just my belief).

        But don’t forget all the good the Church does and has done over the centuries. Bringing us rule of law, Parliament, Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, grammar schools, monarchy, the virtue of patriotism, and the concept of just war, preserving Aristotle from hoarding Vikings, Renaissance art, Shakespeare (Catholic), Evelyn Waugh, St Francis of Assisi, the Church is currently a massive supplier of education and health across the world, the role of the Church in the development of science including scientific priests such as Mendel and Lemaitre, Catholic spirituality and mysticism, Church currently defending the unborn, the family and heterosexual marriage. How John Paul II helped bring down Communism. And the humour of great saints such as St Theresa of Avila.

        Don’t forget for all its faults, the Catholic Church is still going strong after 2,000 years. With direct lineage of Popes going all the way back to St Peter. And Catholic doctrine is intact. Catholic doctrine is very clear – people know where they stand. And despite all the scandals, there are millions of ordinary Catholics, lay and priest, going around doing good with lots of love (soft + tough).

        1. Ed Mahony
          December 24, 2017

          Saying that, there’s lots of good Protestant and Orthodox men and women in general, as well, not forgetting what Protestants and the Orthodox have brought to our culture and religion in general as well (and yes, they too, like the Catholic Church, and indeed the secular world, has their faults / weaknesses also).

          1. Richard1
            December 24, 2017

            Yes even if one is not religious it’s important to to recognise the cultural influence of the Church – both Protestant and Catholic over the centuries, and the importance of tradition.

        2. Lifelogic
          December 24, 2017


          My wife is Italian and, as it happens, the family are all skiing in Italy. Lovely snow and weather it is too . Did the “experts” not predict there would be no skiing due to manmade CO2 by now? Not many electric cars, coaches or snow ploughs here I note and lots of oil fired heading?

          It seems, that I might even be pressured into attending midnight mass shortly. Not sure if I will have to kiss the baby Jesus though, that seems to be what is expected!

          Buon Natale a tutti.

          1. Ed Mahony
            December 25, 2017

            ‘Not sure if I will have to kiss the baby Jesus though’

            – if God exists (which i believe he does), then he has an amazing sense of humour that God infinite would take on the size of a baby when entering material life!

            And it’s not just about humour (and humility), it’s also about vulnerability. When man is at his most vulnerable, he is often at his greatest strength (look at how we were most vulnerable during The Battle of Britain and yet this proved to be a turning point in the war, and note how the Nazis at their most over-confident were really most vulnerable, for example, Battle of Britain ..). Goodness, in the end, always prevails (sometimes/often in this life and always in the next, please God), and with it comes lots and lots of blessings and happiness.

            Best wishes

    2. Ed Mahony
      December 24, 2017

      ‘that unemployment is a curse, and that benefits and charity are no substitute for work for people’s dignity’ – yes, this is very Catholic.

      ‘Hopefully he will give public recognition therefore to the great success of the U.K.’ – i’m sure the Pope would be very supportive but he’s got over a billion Catholics to speak about across the world, so he won’t have the opportunity to mention the UK gov in name.

  8. Brian Tomkinson
    December 24, 2017

    Very good and a Merry Christmas to you and all your many contributors.

  9. Turboterrier.
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you for all your efforts over the year John.

    Wishing you and your family a great Christmas and a prosperous New year.

  10. Dave Andrews
    December 24, 2017

    A Merry Christmas to you John and all the posters here. Thank you all for your interesting insights this past year.

  11. alan jutson
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you John, and to all contributors of this most engaging and informative web site.

  12. William Long
    December 24, 2017

    Many thanks for that pleasant diversion and all the other thought provoking wisdom you have provided for us over the past year.
    With very best wishes for Christmas and 2018,
    William Long.

  13. Denis Cooper
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you, JR, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, including those who have since done even more to convince me that I voted the right way in the referendum …

  14. Bert Young
    December 24, 2017

    John – a lovely sentimental bit of poetry ; the family all enjoyed it . Thank you . Best wishes to you for Christmas .

  15. Glenn Vaughan
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas John and thank you for your tolerance, patience and wisdom re. this website.

  16. Epikouros
    December 24, 2017

    I like it. No doubt the magic tree the left will hope will be the money one that they all know exist but as yet never been seen or at least not one that is not more dangerous than it is benevolent. So can prove that it is not an absurd figment of their imagination after all.

  17. Kenneth
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas to John and his family and all who read this!

  18. rose
    December 24, 2017

    A heartfelt thank you from us for your unique and special web-site. Where else would one find such intelligence and wisdom, and kept up to date every day.

    Have a very happy Christmas, all of you in your family, and a prosperous New Year.

  19. MPC
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you for all of your hard work this year. We are going to need you even more in 2018 to push for the full restoration of our democracy. I hope a well earned Christmas break will fortify you for that endeavour!

  20. Prigger
    December 24, 2017

    I’m too old for Santa Claus and lots of things. I made a New Year’s Resolution to learn about Option Trading. I saw lots of online companies who will train you for free and then for modest sums carry out your trades. Then I thought, why would they waste time making me money when they could make so much money Option Trading themselves? Bah Humbug!
    Happy Christmas to Brexiteers! To remoaners. ..hey why don’t you learn how to trade options!!!! Enjoy!!!!

  21. old salt
    December 24, 2017

    Many thanks John for your time and patience over time for this most informative and much appreciated diary.
    My I wish you and yours a well deserved Happy Christmas and New Year and all the very best for 2018.

  22. Andy
    December 24, 2017

    Santa comes from Lapland in Finland.

    He’s a delivery man.

    As an unskilled worker from the EU, this may be the last year he’s allowed in without a visa.

    Next Christmas comes with extra red tape and Home Office bureaucrats.

    Or, alternatively,we could give Santa’s job to an unemployed Briton called Derek from Boston in Lincolnshire.

    Derek could deliver to at least two whole families before his bad back catches up with him and he has to go home sick to watch Jeremy Kyle.

    Next year may also be your last Christmas with affordable sprouts, carrots and turkeys because our farmers will have no one to work for them.

    Still we can always celebrate by having a chlorinated chicken for Christmas in 2019. Frankenstein food. YUM.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

    Oh, and remember, if you voted for Brexit and you are having Christmas dinner with your children or grandchildren, the chance are that the majority of them don’t like you very much for it.

    As for me, my Brexiteer relatives have been disinvited.

    1. longinus
      December 24, 2017

      They’ve had a lucky escape…

    2. Fedupsoutherner
      December 24, 2017

      Andy, what a sad post. Your relatives will be better off elsewhere. What happened to goodwill to all men?

  23. Ian Wragg
    December 24, 2017

    Well done John. Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year to you and your family.
    Thanks for the blog.

  24. Dunedin
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you for your unstinting efforts on Brexit.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  25. Ed Mahony
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Xmas, Mr Redwood.
    Ed Mahony

  26. Melvin Cornwell
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, John, and all contributors to this blog, without which etc etc .

    A chance to relax and draw breath before our Brexit battle recommences in the New Year. 🎅🎅🎅

  27. Anonymous
    December 24, 2017

    I grew out of this a long while ago. I’m a shift worker with minimal time off over Christmas and spreading myself among relatives so thinly is a diplomatic nightmare every year. I dread it all.

    Happy Christmas nonetheless and thanks for giving the other side’s point of view. We certainly aren’t hearing it on our main broadcaster.

  28. Cobwatch
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Xmas John, and all the best for the New Year

  29. George Brooks
    December 24, 2017

    Wonderful, and a very happy Christmas and every good wish for the coming year to you and your family. Here’s to a very interesting and vital 2018

  30. Mark B
    December 24, 2017

    Good evening everyone.

    I would like to wish our kind host and all my fellow contributors to this site a very Merry Christmas.

  31. a-tracy
    December 24, 2017

    We all need to believe a bit more
    Merry Christmas 🎄
    Thank you for your blog and sharing your thoughts throughout the year, we appreciate what you do.

  32. Edward2
    December 24, 2017

    Thank you Mr Redwood for all your excellent daily articles and you marvellous contributions in Parliament during the year.
    Thank goodness we have such wonderful MP’s as you fighting for our freedom and democracy.
    Merry Christmas to you and to all those who post so well on this fine site.

    1. Lifelogic
      December 24, 2017

      Indeed a shame only about 5% of the population have such sound and dedicated MPs.

  33. forthurst
    December 24, 2017

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to John Redwood and family.

    Many thanks for your informative and upbeat blog.

  34. Martin King
    December 24, 2017

    Happy Christmas to you, your family and those who comment on your diary entries. I have been following your diary since the referendum and am glad to find such positive ideas. Many thanks.

  35. Ken Moore
    December 24, 2017

    Ooof paying for Christmas on the credit card that’s crazy!

    Happy Christmas Dr Redwood and all your readers!

  36. zorro
    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to John and all contributors to the site for your valued contributions to the political debate. Let us gird our loins for the year ahead and resolve in whatever capacity we can to work for a real and meaningful Brexit which means that we are a free and independent country in control of our own destiny….


  37. R.T.G.
    December 24, 2017

    A “Merry Christmas” to you and yours, JR, and many thanks for all you’ve done and written to maintain the notion of democracy in this country.
    All the very best for 2018.

  38. Peter D Gardner
    December 25, 2017

    Quite the poet Dr Redwood.

    Happy Christmas to you and a Brexit New Year
    Kind regards

  39. Trevor Butler
    December 26, 2017

    A very merry Christmas from us in Hong Kong – We’ve still got a few years as registered voters in Wokingham and are glad you are the MP – We vote for you not the party….

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