A reader reports:
Veteran British Labour politician Roy Hattersley (former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) writes in The Guardian on 20th December 1999. Describing an evening spent as a volunteer on a Salvation Army soup-run he writes:
"Unrepentant atheist that I am, I found the idea strangely moving. And for once - although there were no paper hats and crackers - I felt the spirit of Christmas. God bless us everyone."
(I assume the last sentence is a rhetorical reference to Dickens rather than a denial of the first.)