We are well aware this will be a Christmas like no other, but as I hear of cancelled carol services, abandoned school nativities, no visits to Santy and the uncertainty over whether or not we’ll be permitted to visit loved ones’ homes, it’s difficult not to be a little forlorn for our traditional Christmas celebrations.

I suppose the past eight months have prepared us well for honouring important occasions, while still staying within our own home. For years, I have taken great joy in baking cakes, puddings and mincemeat in the run-up to Christmas, and with the help of my youngest child, Millie, I already have this year’s batch made, wrapped up tightly, and packed into the pantry.