It's time of year for messages. Well, yes, of course, if you had the misfortune to be in a supermarket yesterday, you'll know that (but only if you are Scottish and so know that messages, as well as being things that people send, are also 'the shopping', 'the marketing', and 'les commissions', depending on where you are).
But beside that, I suppose in order to give the news media something to report on Christmas day, it's also the time for the other kind of messages.
So today, I've heard the Pope's "Urbi et Orbi", in which, not surprisingly he talked about a global picture, and a rather unhappy one it is too. We're a long way from peace in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, the Middle and Near East and another year has passed and the Palestinian/Israeli situation is no better. He also reminded us that there are people starving and suffering from floods in Africa and in South Asia.
As you know, I'm not religious, but it was all rather sobering.
The Archbishop of Canterbury concentrated on the riots that took place in England last summer, and bankers, seeming to make little difference between the thoughtlessness that motivates both.
The Queen talked mainly about her family, which was probably wise, given that her message has to be approved by Downing Street, which wouldn't be too keen on her giving the bankers a kicking, or the student protesters who had the audacity to poke her son's squeeze with a stick (although I bet Phil had a good laugh at that one).
Closer to home both the First Minister and the leader of the Labour opposition thanked the people who will work over Christmas to keep up safe in so many ways, soldiers, nurses, doctors, police, firemen, and of course the volunteers who will give up their holiday to help those less fortunate.
Ruth Davidson seemed to leave only a message for the Tory faithful, urging them to greater action in the New Year.
Willie Rennie, gave a largely political message attacking the SNP for making the wrong decisions and asking for strong Liberal voices to benefit the community.
So, that only leaves one message left to cover. Mine. It's short and it's sweet.
I hope you had a happy day.