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As is the custom at this time of year, I'll start this week by wishing all readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Hopefully the bone-numbing cold will ease a little come the end of the week, just in time for the traditional celebrations.

We're already starting work on our Christmas Eve edition, which will include plenty of seasonal stories and pictures.

We'll also feature My Christmas panels for well-known people in the area and will carry Christmas messages from church leaders.

Neither The News nor the Sports Mail will be published on Saturday, December 25, but we shall be back on Monday, December 27, with news from the holiday weekend and of course full coverage of Pompey's Boxing Day match against Millwall at Fratton Park.

On the subject of Christmas, our 40-page nativities picture special entitled The Magic of Christmas is on sale now.

Children featured include those of Abacus pre-school; Boundary Oak infants; St John's primary at Rowlands Castle; St George's Beneficial primary; Catherington infants year one; Holbrook primary; Moorings Way infants; Northern Parade infants; Petersgate infants at Clanfield; Copnor infants; Harrison primary year two; Sharps Copse primary; Somers Park primary years one and two; Langstone infants; Milton Park primary; Peel Common infants; St John's Catholic primary; Wickham C of E primary; St Swithun's Catholic primary; Cumberland infants reception class; Harrison primary reception class; Devonshire infants; Meredith infants; Siskin infants and nursery; Kingscourt infants reception; Emsworth primary; Charles Dickens infants; Mini Bugs pre-school; Wimborne infants; Horndean infants year R; St Anthony's Catholic primary; St Jude's primary; Lee-on-the-Solent infants year one and reception; Oak Meadow primary; Trosnant infants; East Meon primary; Cottage Grove primary; Hambledon infants; West Meon infants; Churchers College; Titchfield primary; Highbury primary; Medina primary; Goldsmith infants; Manor infants; Flying Bull; Badgers pre-school at Holbrook; St Alban's CofE primary; Teddy Bears nursery in Portsmouth; Leesland infants; Cottage Grove primary; Flying Start nursery; Red Barn infants; Wallisdean infants; Grange infants, year two and reception; Hasleworth primary; the Rainbow Centre and Tots day nursery.

Have a very happy Christmas!