Several classes of eight 3-year olds a piece, dressed as stars, shepherds, lambs, and other characters out of a nativity scene marched in through the nave, past the parents with cameras, and up to the front of the altar of the parochial Lutheran Daycare on a Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., and sang “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”.

When they sang “Away In A Manger”, the children – almost entirely in unison – cradled their arms for “the little Lord Jesus” and tilted their heads to their hands-as-pillows when he “laid down his sweet head”.

The whole thing was far more than necessary to warm the heart of any secular humanist. So whom should I thank that my pretrial hearing – the one that would have kept me in court at least all morning – got reset?