So, you've got a bit of home life back, caught up with how the kids are doing, put up the Christmas tree, got used to living without the piercing scream of 20,000rpm engines. And then comes the Honda Christmas lunch.
As Nick Fry said, it has become a bit of an institution. And what a delight it is. If anyone ever tires of being entertained at the renowned Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons, near Oxford, and chewing the F1 fat then, really, they're in the wrong job.
F1 never truly stops, and while the teams have been busy in Spain, albeit without the definitive packages they will put down in Melbourne next March, there is no shortage of interesting gossip.
The general feeling seems to be that we could have a really close year in 2007 although, predictably, there is the sense that Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen will start favourites.