On the eve of the most magical day of the year Gemma, Jack and I have just returned from Christmas Eve mass.

This is our third Christmas without our princess. It will again pass in a blur and whether it be the third or the 30th each one is, and will be, met with an emptiness that will never be filled.

Tonight we prayed for Sophie and all the angels she shall celebrate Christmas with and we lit a candle for her to represent the light she brought into our lives.

We have written many words about loss and grief and sorrow but I shall not dampen the spirit of Christmas by doing so now.

All I ask is you accept people as they are, flaws and all. Weaknesses and all. You never know what people hide or what they carry with them. Some wounds never show on the body and are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

In all the hustle and bustle and fun and laughter of tomorrow take just a few seconds to pray for those not with us and perhaps more importantly those that are left behind.

As always our thanks and prayers are with you all. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Aaron, Gemma & Jack xxxx