They would not stay awake! My friends could not even watch and pray with me. I am alone in this intercessory prayer, save for the momentary comfort of an Angel, which strengthened me only enough to bear up under this weight. For the load of my suffering is not lighter but has increased beyond understanding.
The tradition of Christmas in December has powerful meaning, however, and in the Northern Hemisphere where cold grips the world; fog, ice, and darkness have become powerful symbols of the fate that would befall Creation if the Savior never was.