SEASON‘S GREETINGS, EVERYBODY!
Hello, it’s Stephen here, with the traditional Christmas post from HTWGS HQ.
Now, of course, I realise that not everyone reading this will necessarily be celebrating Christmas. We all live in a multicultural, multi-faith world, and the significance of this Christian holiday varies greatly from person to person. Personally, I don’t identify as religious, and yet I’ve celebrated Christmas every year of my life. It’s such a huge cultural phenomenon in our society that it’s simply unavoidable at this time of year. We’re repeatedly told that Christmas is a time for families to come together, a time for all of us to celebrate, and a time for ‘The Christmas Spirit’; a time for Peace on Earth and Goodwill To All.
And however much you subscribe – or don’t subscribe – to any of this, that ‘Christmas Spirit’ idea has always greatly appealed to me.
“Peace on earth and goodwill to all” and “tidings of comfort and joy” are I think concepts that, surely, we can all offer each other.
Concepts that, surely, we all NEED.
Now more than ever (looking back at the year we’ve just had).
So that’s what I deeply and sincerely wish for you today, in a heartfelt spirit of goodwill and compassion. Non-religious, non-denominational wishes of Peace, Comfort and Joy for you… and for those you hold dear.
We rarely get to wish total strangers well, in a broadly socially sanctioned way… But Christmas – no matter what you think of it – is one time when it’s perfectly fine to do just that.
So I’m taking advantage of that today, and again genuinely wishing you (and everyone else, for that matter) Peace, Comfort and Joy.
Season’s Greetings, everybody!