Ho-ho-hello there! Gregory Pichorowycz, Editor-at-Large, welcomes you to the Canvas Christmas mini-issue.
Simon Renwick considers the question of whether the Christmas spirit has been lost in the shopping centres.
A Wiltshire Vicar accidentally let slip the biggest secret of Christmas to a group of children – that Santa Claus is not real. He apologised, but Gregory Pichorowycz explores the morality of his actions, and of breaking illusions in general.
There are many who struggle through Christmas. Sean Mcintosh argues that the state has a responsibility towards these people over the Yuletide period.