As ever I have grown a beard as we enter the cold part of the year. However this was thrown into difficulties as I have another tradition - when I go away I shave it off. Since I was only off to France for the weekend, and it gets bloody freezing, I just trimmed it.
Clearly I won't be impersonating Santa Claus this Christmas Eve. Worse still, I traditionally shave it off on Christmas Morning, so there won't be time to grown anything out of the ordinary. Which is why it's aggravating that as soon as I get back, I find 10 Very Good Reasons Why You Should Grow A Giant Beard and Wondermark's Hierarchy Of Beards.
 What do you mean why? It's a tradition.