It won't exactly be a Merry Christmas for Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy after a draw with struggling Leicester City cemented a pre-festive haul of only two points from the last four matches.
But such are the vagaries of the up-and-down Championship that it could still be a Happy New Year should Wolves manage to find a semblance of form and pick up some points either side of Hogmanay.
As McCarthy admitted, all teams have a tough spell at one point and Wolves have managed to find theirs just as an automatic promotion battle appeared to be within view.
If they can find a way out - and for the second successive Saturday there were some shoots of recovery in the second half - they remain handily-placed at seventh in the table, only a point adrift of the play-off pace and a not insurmountable six to the top two. Funny old league, funny old team.
Even without the drive and effervescence of Michael Kightly, a glance at the Wolves starting line-up suggests they should be able to cope.
And yet at the moment there's an absence of cut and thrust in the Molineux ranks though a second-half revival gleaned a point from a visiting team in the midst of an even greater slump since Ian Holloway took office.
Iain Hume even had time to change his boots before delivering the perfect fourth-minute free kick which offered the Foxes' scent of a famous victory.
Indeed Leicester should have been further in front as Matty Fryatt and Gareth McAuley spurned chances and Collins John was denied when put clean through by Wayne Hennessey.
Wolves had barely threatened, off-target efforts from Jay Bothroyd and Matt Jarvis being the exceptions, and even after Freddy Eastwood had been given his head as a half-time substitute Leicester could have killed the game off when John was once again thwarted by Hennessey when one on one.
It was to prove decisive as, after Keogh joined Eastwood, Wolves finally mustered the energy and enthusiasm which prompted their 73rd-minute equaliser.
Bothroyd, intriguingly a creative outlet when switched to the left, sparked an excellent break with a pass to Keogh whose run and cross allowed Jarvis a first Wolves goal in only his second start.
It almost got even better nine minutes from time when Neill Collins thought he had sealed things when tapping home from close range but Bothroyd had been caught marginally offside in the build-up leaving McCarthy to reflect on yet another of those games of two halves.
"It's difficult when you concede after four minutes, we had to chase the game and leave gaps," he said.
"But I was delighted with the response of the players in the second half, and Freddy and Andy gave us the sort of thing we're looking for from the bench.
"We're halfway through the season now and up until four games ago I'd have said things were going well and I was pleased.
"However, two points from four games is clearly not good enough for a team trying to get out of this division and I'm not happy with seventh - I'd like to be first or second.
"It's just a case of concentrating and not falling out with each other, all teams have tough spells and there's no divine right for us to go through winning game after game.
"As a group of players they'd been doing really well up until four games ago so we just have to get back to that level."
McCarthy, meanwhile, refused to comment on reports in Wales that Wolves have had a £2.5 million bid for Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley rejected.
Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale confirmed that Ledley had decided to stay at Ninian Park while McCarthy maintained his policy of not commenting on individual transfer targets.