‘Tis the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all

christmas, decoration, merry christmas, peace on earth, goodwill to all menChristmas. The holiday season. A season of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men.”

A time when we send cards and messages to friends, family and loved ones to wish them love, happiness, peace, blessings, joy and prosperity.

Like many people these days, I don’t send so many cards anymore. It is a dying tradition, what with electronic cards, emails, Facebook and so many other social media platforms. I have my core list though to whom I send regularly, even religiously.

A year or so ago I had a go at giving it up. Having given up baking a traditional Christmas cake, Danish butter biscuits and even my own croissants every year, I thought it would be a piece of cake. Erm… no pun intended. Was I wrong! It felt sad and mean and horrible! So I reverted to sending cards and feel much better for it.

I get out my old fashioned address book, start at A and go through it page by page right to the end. For some reason this year I was more aware of those friends and family who are not with us anymore:

Gerda
Jerry
Ian
Cherry
Thelma
Roberta
Izzy
Brian
Pam and so many others.

Each and every one touched my life. I can picture each one clearly, hear their voice like they’re standing right next to me, call to mind the times we shared, full of love and friendship. It is the good times I remember, not the disagreements, harsh words and resentments. Those were few and far between anyway and have long since turned into anecdotes I can laugh at; mostly at my own expense.

It surprises me with how much love and compassion I remember them. It is as though with each passing year, they are closer and the affection stronger. So while you may think this is a sad and depressing blog, to me it is testament to life, love, joy, their presence, their spirit, their ongoing legacy.

To me it is part of Christmas; part of that feeling of peace on earth and goodwill to all.

Perhaps this is what Robbie Burns meant with his poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’, that well known song we in the English-speaking world traditionally sing at the stroke of midnight to say farewell to the old year. “Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And never brought to mind?”

So it is with gratitude that I write my Christmas cards. To say thank you for being in my life. To thank you for your love and friendship; for the good times and the sad times; for all you mean to me and you allow me to mean to you. Thank you. I love you.

And you, dear reader, you too are loved. The Universe loves you. Life loves you. Whether you believe it or not, you are so loved. And nothing you can do will ever change that.

Warmest wishes and Season’s Greetings.

 

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