Working on my annual Christmas column. It's not easy, finding something that's not too cliche'd but that I haven't covered before. Actually, I'm not sure it's possible to write a Christmas piece that isn't cliche'd; has there been any new Christmas writing that's not overly sentimental since "The Charlie Brown Christmas Special"? Maybe "A Christmas Story", but that's based on a story that dates back to the 60's.
On the other hand, for Christmas I think we can be excused a little sentimentality.