Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I think it’s fair to say that the last couple of years have been pretty interesting. Perhaps the least controversial thing to say is that now with Twitter and Facebook and the passive, hyper-connectedness services like them bring, there sometimes seems no point in ‘actively’ wishing anyone anything. We already know what’s going on. But that would, to borrow a phrase, be rather “Bah, Humbug!” So here’s a Merry Christmas from me and TechCrunch Europe!

My thanks go to all the advertising partners and sponsors of our events in the past year, and of course to you our beloved readers and all the active participants in the tech scene that make it as amazing as it is. I particularly want to thank Petra Johansson (twitter) and Rassami Hok Ljungberg (twitter) for their hard work on TechCrunch events this year. Watch out for more around Europe next year! (And BTW, we’re taking a few days off now, naturally).

And as a postscript to our most recent event, we donated part of our ticket sales to this project to provide Freeplay radios to orphaned child heads of households in Rwanda. Given the time of year, I’d encourage you to donate.