December 07, 2016 at 2:47 PM
"Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man..."
It is easy to take things for granted when they are so entrenched in our culture. Traditions become commercialised and often their true meanings are forgotten or lost. Back in 1914, during World War I, the true meaning of Christmas wasn't lost on German and British soldiers, when they initiated a cease-fire. Although the cease-fire only lasted a day or two, the soldiers were reported to have exchanged gifts, shared pictures of their families and even joined in a friendly game of football. The song 'Snoopy's Christmas', although fictitious, is based on this remarkable occasion.
Often we think goals like world peace and an end to poverty etc, are beyond the scope of what one person can do. Instead we leave it to our 'leaders' to tackle the 'big issues'. However it's interesting to note, that back in World War I, the Christmas Truce wasn't initiated by the commanders but the soldiers themselves. Individually we might only have a small voice, but collectively we can roar. The same is true for the energy we radiate. Just like a smile and yawn are catching. Positivity, peacefulness and optimism can also be catching. Wouldn't it be lovely to think that peace and goodwill to man, isn't something we reserve for one day a year, but observe all 365 days a year. A big ask I know, but if we don't ask for, or expect the best, we don't get it. So don't forget to tell 'Santa' what you want this December (wink, wink).
Lastly... thank you all for your support during the year, and a very special thank you for all the referrals I have received. Your generosity in recommending me to friends and family goes a long way to help make my business sustainable and keeps me doing what I love. So for that I am extremely grateful. To all my dear friends, I wish you a safe and happy Christmas and lots of time to relax and unwind this holiday season.