The holiday spirit in a difficult year

Every year our holiday wish is for peace on earth, but, so far, we’ve not come close. This year was a particularly bruising year, not just for those who live in the United States but even worse for those caught in Aleppo, the many immigrants fleeing their homelands around the world, and …. (We could go on and on.)

We will try to celebrate the holiday with the gift of HOPE. For over 25 years the adults in our family have taken turns choosing a charity that all contribute to in lieu of large gifts to each other. Appropriately, our son-in-law, Ian, chose Save the Children this year, with contributions going to their Aleppo fund. It’s a small thing really, just a candle. A drop in a vast ocean… But the more candles lit, the more light shed on the darkness.

We unexpectedly find our holiday spirit lifted by a deep snow.

We unexpectedly find our holiday spirit lifted by a deep snow.

Holiday lights bring out the child in all of us, and we snapped these from a moving car.   What a magical effect!

Holiday lights bring out the child in all of us, and we snapped these from a moving car.   What a magical effect!

Sentimental decorations that appear each December make us a little happier.

Sentimental decorations that appear each December make us a little happier.

Will we ever forget the tree lovingly decorated by the hotel staff at 1-Up Banana Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to make sure their guests feel “at home” for the holidays? It was the best tree ever.

Will we ever forget the tree lovingly decorated by the hotel staff at One Up Banana Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to make sure their guests feel “at home” for the holidays? It was the best tree ever.

 

 

December 2016

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8 Responses to The holiday spirit in a difficult year

  1. Happiness to you both – just catching up on reading in blogland after a bit of a break. Cheers – Susan

  2. We need the Christmas spirit 24x7x365. Enjoy your holiday season.

  3. rommel says:

    Now that is a real holiday gift! Kudos for thinking about others most especially during this time of the year.

  4. Best wishes to you for Christmas and 2017.

  5. plaidcamper says:

    You’re quite right – what a bruising year, globally speaking. Have to hope more of us will recognize our common humanity and learn to celebrate our wonderful diversity within that…
    Happy holidays to you!

  6. Miriam says:

    Hope your Christmas is blessed and magical

  7. leggypeggy says:

    Happy Holidays. Maybe 2017 be filled with hopes realised.

  8. Happy holidays! Yes, it has been a difficult year for many, but the only thing to do is to move forward, donate to causes we believe in, and HOPE for love everywhere!

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