Christmastime is, by far, my absolute favourite time of year. I look forward to it every year. What signals the start of the Christmas season for you? For me, it’s hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” play on the radio for the first time. It is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the hope of the Christian faith. But, even if you are not a believer, you can still enjoy the season. It is also a time of giving, fellowship and family. This is not something that is unique to any religion.
Christmas seems to bring out the best in people. At this time of year, we are at our most generous. We go out and buy gifts for those whom we love and we give to those who are less fortunate. I wish we would do the things we do at this time of year all year round. Oh how much better the world would be if we all showed this type of kindness and love for the other 11 months. As the year draws to a close, I think it is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and to give thanks for them. No matter your situation, once you are alive, you are blessed.
This year, much like last year, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. There seems to have no end in sight. Once again, we need to keep our “bubbles” small and not gather in large numbers to minimize the spread of the virus. If it feels like déjà vu it’s because it is. It has been almost 2 years of this and people are tired of the isolation from friends and family. Don’t become discouraged, hang on. This will pass. I can’t say when but I know it will.
So, as I take a break to get some much needed rest and to spend some quality time with my family, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a peaceful, joyous and safe Christmas season. If you are a healthcare worker, I want to say a special Thank You! to you. You are heroes and deserve all the flowers, now.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all when it comes.