That’s what Christmas memories are made from, they’re not planned, they’re not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen.  (Kelly Finch, “Deck the Halls”).

Another Christmas, and we shortly say farewell to yet another year. A time to meet with friends and family; to share good food and drink with neighbours. A time to celebrate success, survival and achieving our goals – however small. Also, a time to reminisce; to ponder on what has changed; to reflect on what used to be; to think fondly of people no longer among us; to shed a tear in the absence of adored family, cherished and missed every single day.

Its also a time to spare a thought or two for those less fortunate than us; those in war torn countries, living from day to day with none of the basic comforts that we usually take for granted. Those who experience Christmas who may be fearful for their lives. Post pandemic, many families are struggling to provide for their loved ones, and food, heat and shelter become more challenging every day. Let’s continue to spread a little kindness and support as many older community members as we can during this festive time – a smile or warm greeting costs nothing but our time and can make people feel cherished and valued.

I send a huge ‘thank you’ to each and every one of you. I hope you all have a good, peaceful Christmas break whatever and wherever you may be celebrating it and come back refreshed and prepared for 2024 – whatever it may bring!

Merry Christmas,

Sue Read


The Beth Johnson Foundation

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