Christmas 2013 is almost upon us. I hope your past year has been a good one. Like everyone's, mine has had both highs and lows. I am grateful that the highs have outnumbered the lows. With so many disasters and tragedies around the world for people of all cultures and races, I feel very blessed to have the love of family and friends, a warm house and good health this Christmas. That is not always the case for people so Christmas is not necessarily a happy time for everyone. As we go about our business buying gifts, decorating our trees, listening to Christmas music, we tend to forget those who are sad, mourning the loss of a loved one, suffering with an incurable illness, feeling a financial pinch or simply having no one with whom to share the Christmas Season.
YES, it is CHRISTMAS - not just "the holiday season." I do not intend to be politically correct in order to not offend others who do not celebrate Christmas. I don't think they would be offended anyway. I will continue to call Christmas what it is, just as I wish Jewish people a Happy Hanukkah and honour and respect all the holidays of other races and cultures - and call them what they are.
My wishes for 2014 are simple - peace on earth, kindness to our neighbours, and good health to you and your loved ones. On a personal note, we will be welcoming with joy our little grandchild due in February. A new life - what could be better than that?
I have more book ideas bouncing around in my head and still enjoy writing my column Conversations From The Past for Seaside Magazine in Sidney. So, please keep reading . . . . and if you feel like commenting on any of the above, please do so. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL.