Christmas? Where's the snow, the cool winter air nipping at your nose? Although the retail world switched to Christmas 3 months ago, there is little evidence elsewhere that the day is approaching.
It is a confusing time to be a human in the "civilized" world. Turn on the news today and you will be inundated with gun violence, fiscal cliffs,thefts from charities,end of the world prophecies, labour disputes and civil war. It can become difficult to find sunlight in dark times.
Sometimes the wisest words come from the mouth of babes. This morning my daughter looked up at me and said, "Mummy. Christmas is my favourite day ever!" So I asked her why, waiting for the inevitable answer concerning gifts, toys, treats and more.
"Christmas is the one day that all we have to do is love one another"
Well then. What can we do, to change the bleakest news stories? Individually, not a whole lot. But as a collective, we can take this Christmas to love one another, as Amy says. Be a positive force for hope, human kindness and love in your home, community, workplace and beyond. Show love to those whose lives you touch each day. After all, if a seven year old can embrace the fact that love changes lives, why can't we as adults?
Deck the halls. Trim the trees. Enjoy some holiday treats, (in moderation!) guilt-free. Stuff the bird. Hug your family. Call your friends. Pray for a better world for our children. Think of those less fortunate. Praise those who serve and protect us, here and abroad. Avoid your mother in law. Love in abundance.
May your days be filled with love - both given and received. Merry Christmas!!!