... was Father Christmas. Fully boosted, with Covid passport and relevant negative test results just in case, it was Santa’s good fortune that he and Rudolph weren’t subject to any delays, as they managed, as every year, to avoid frontier controls. His only fear might have been - descending a chimney and discovering that its owner was still up and was a border agent. As ever, therefore, Santa stole a march on the Three Kings, who may well encounter greater scrutiny. Under current regulations, you can’t just arrive at a port from the Orient and expect to start parading around city centres unless you’ve got double vaccine proof.