Merry Christmas and England are out of the World Cup: two statements that make complete sense on their own but together are as incongruous as Donald Trump dancing a Billericay hoedown. We can, at least, now stop arguing about whether it was right to hold the World Cup in a country with such an abominable human rights record that even Suella Braverman would refuse to fly refugees there. But England has also given us a way to ground ourselves back in reality. It’s Christmas, after all, and in the words of Andy Williams, “it’s a most wonderful time of the year”, by which he obviously meant “depressing”, “challenging”, if not “downright sinister”.