Christmas Eve - Peace to all
Here we are on the eve of Christmas. This year we will have to adjust to the breaking of a number of family traditions. We have been going out to dinner with special family friends on Christmas Eve for forty years or so, but not this year since my energy wanes too early these days to be good company. I am rapidly recovering but not to the point that I want be of concern to friends. This will also be the first time in more than 50 years that we will not be spending Christmas Day with all of our Children and Grandchildren as my son and his family will be basking in the sun in Hawaii. Like many others we must adjust to the real world and use Christmas day to recall fond memories and enjoy what we do have. In that vein I decided to bring back Christmas from ten years ago by reprinting Ray’s Daily from 2003. Here is what the world looked like to me on that day.
Ray’s Daily Christmas Eve 2003
Christmas Greeting From A Fairy To A Child
by Lewis Carroll
Lady, dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.
We have heard the children say -
Gentle children, whom we love -
Long ago on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above,
Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again -
Echo still the joyful sound
"Peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Yet the hearts must childlike be
Where such heavenly guests abide;
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide!
Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, Glad New Year!
No matter where you are in the world today, no matter your religion or your beliefs, I hope you too will embrace “Peace on Earth, good-will to men.” I know of no time when goodwill was needed more. The events of the last few years have shown that hatred, animosity, and terror affects us all, and that no one is guaranteed safety and tranquility. It will take us all, and millions of others working for peace and understanding if we are to stop and reverse the insanity. At the very least we can be kind to each other and invest in the brightest possible future for all children in the years ahead. During this season of celebration let us not forget the fact that our religions and our philosophy is based on the promise of a better life for all.
I hope each of you have the happiest of holidays, hopefully with those you love and care for.
I wish you all peace, joy, and the brightest of futures.
As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"
The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my E-mail?"
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All I Need To Know I Learned From Santa
1. Encourage people to believe in you.
2. Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.
3. Don't pout.
4. It's as much fun to give as it is to receive.
5. Some days it's ok to feel a little chubby.
6. Make your presents known.
7. Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.
8. Bright red can make anyone look good.
9. Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many pounds you’ve gained.
10. If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you're very important.
11. Whenever you're at a loss for words, say "HO, HO, HO!"
Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display--so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow. It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow. It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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