Christmas means different things to different people.
For some of us it is a great time to eat, drink and be merry. A time to relax, chill out, be with the family and recover from a hectic year.
For children, Christmas is the best time of the year, a time of presents, fun with family and holidays.
For some it is a sad time, a time of loneliness and isolation, made harder by the fact that everyone else is having marvellous, family time with loved ones.
For others it is sad and difficult; a time trying to find something to make Christmas special when there is just no money available.
And for Christians, it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who came to save the world from sin; a time of joy and happiness, of peace on earth and goodwill to all.
The life Jesus lived is certainly an example to us all. He preached love and forgiveness and lived a life of simplicity, of poverty and humility. Yet, as a man he was strong, stood for the truth and devoted himself to the service of others. If there is one lesson to take out of Christmas, it is to try and be a little more like Jesus.
Whatever type of Christmas we have, we are fortunate in Australia to live in a land of plenty, with space, fresh air, and the freedom to celebrate however we like.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday season, best wishes to all. Peter Long City of Karratha Mayor