The whole point of christmas is presence: the desire that God has to be with people and to identify with creation. Intimacy is the mood of christmas. God comes close to us despite the mess and compromises we make of life. The challenge of christmas is to see beyond the frailty we try to hide from because that frailty is precisely the place where God comes to meet us. Like Adam and Eve we try to hide behind the fig leaves of success and miss the intimacy and trust that awaits in vulnerability and dependence. It is in the poor unstable parts of our lives that God awaits us this christmas.