JUST a few days to go now. The house is decked out, the fridge is full and the family is ready to descend.

However, there used to be another aspect to Christmas which in my family has changed. I have been reflecting on Christmases past after receiving a leaflet last week from Churches Together in Wilmslow, for if surveys are to be believed, it isn’t just my family that don’t celebrate the true meaning of Christmas any more by attending church.

As a Christian, I was baptised, confirmed and attended church regularly. Christmas revolved around the Nativity, dad sang in the church choir and we all attended church regularly – well nearly all; my mum always said she didn’t need to go to church to say her prayers. And then, somewhere in my mid-teens, I stopped going and the meaning of Christmas became more about the presents and parties.

When our own family came along we didn’t attend church regularly but we did make a special effort at Christmas. So why is it that all those years ago most people did as we did, but now the church seems to have lost our attention?

It isn’t the same for all religions, indeed most other faiths seem to have growing congregations and followers, so what has changed?

Personally, I think I have become more like my mum, but what will it mean for the generations to come who don’t even start out with some sort of Christian upbringing? The Christian church hierarchy must be pondering that all the time and not just at Christmas – it isn’t something that will be easily solved.

And now to another, less emotive subject: a few weeks ago I wrote about the devastation that has been wrought on Lindow Moss and the Guardian has been campaigning to get Cheshire East Council to be more proactive about enforcing conditions that were laid down years ago.

In that column, I mistakenly called Lindow Moss Lindow Common, I think because I was also referring to Saltersley Common at the same time!

My apologies, it wasn’t that I didn’t know which is which, as suggested rather testily by Tony Hughes of the Lindow Common Advisory Group, I walk the Common and the Moss two or three times every week so I do know which is which.

I would have hoped that Mr Hughes would be supporting the Guardian’s campaign rather than rather bemoaning a reference to the Common.

Anyway, at this time of year I shouldn’t end on a tetchy note, rather I should say Merry Christmas everyone and as that old comedian Dave Allen used to say, may your God go with you.