Time to share the joy of Christ­mas with fam­ily

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By NEIL SIN­CLAIR, SOUTH WAIKATO DISTRICT MAYOR

Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava, Bulla Vi­naka.

Christ­mas time is upon us and it has be­come so hec­tic. It is easy to get caught up in the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion, the trap­pings, the shop­ping, and the dec­o­rat­ing of the tree, the thought of hol­i­days, the fes­tive food, the par­ties, all at the ex­pense of the real rea­son for Christ­mas; the cel­e­bra­tion of the birth of that spe­cial per­son Je­sus into the hu­man fam­ily.

Let’s share that joy, that love with our close fam­ily; for Christ­mas is that time when fam­ily is to the fore.

Let’s cel­e­brate, en­joy, share love with those clos­est to us but also take a lit­tle time to give thought to those in the wider fam­ily.

Christ­mas is a time of hope when we ex­tend love to one an­other, when we are tol­er­ant of oth­ers points of view, when we cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of life and we ex­tend to all mankind, those en­dur­ing gifts that will last long af­ter the tree comes down.

We so eas­ily say ‘‘this is the time for peace and good­will to all men’’, but too of­ten they are just words.

What a won­der­ful place the South Waikato would be if we really took those words into our life and lived by them, not only at Christ­mas but through­out the year. What a gift that would be for fam­i­lies in our district.

There would be no vi­o­lence, only har­mony with one an­other. Let’s all prom­ise to make that our Christ­mas gift to one an­other. Let’s make it hap­pen. Merry Christ­mas to you all and May the bless­ings of God be on us all.

Tena Ko­tou Tena Ko­tou Tena Ko­tou Ka­toa

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