Time to cel­e­brate each other

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

An­other Christmas has ar­rived. An­other mile­stone in life’s cal­en­dar and per­haps an­other op­por­tu­nity to con­tem­plate, re­flect and con­sider who we are, what we do and how we treat each other.

We’ve said it be­fore – Christmas can mean so many dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

It can be a time of cel­e­bra­tion, a time for fam­i­lies, a time for fun, fes­tiv­i­ties and good cheer, a time to recharge the bat­ter­ies and a time to re­flect on and-or em­brace faith.

For oth­ers who might be in un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances, it can be a time of lone­li­ness, a re­minder of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties or time to re­flect on loss. It can cer­tainly cut both ways.

Some of us like to think about Christmas, af­ter we’ve out­grown the magic it presents to us as children, as a time to cel­e­brate diversity – when all the mul­ti­tude of per­son­al­i­ties, sen­si­bil­i­ties, opin­ions and traditions can come to­gether in a fas­ci­nat­ing melt­ing pot of hu­man­ity.

Christmas of­ten pro­vides rare in­sight into this diversity of in­di­vid­u­als, which can poke its head up at the ta­ble dur­ing Christmas lunch, the fam­ily bar­be­cue or an­nual back­yard cricket match.

We’re all dif­fer­ent and are con­stantly moulded by our day-to-day experience­s.

When fam­i­lies come to­gether for Christmas, of­ten af­ter spend­ing time apart and hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances, the at­mos­phere can be com­fort­able and fa­mil­iar or some­times markedly dif­fer­ent and foreign. Such is life.

A sim­ple mes­sage for Christmas might be to use the oc­ca­sion to try to be as good and mag­nan­i­mous a per­son as you can be, re­gard­less of cir­cum­stance.

Forgive the per­ceived mi­nor fail­ings of your friends and fam­ily mem­bers and try to em­brace them for who they are.

If ev­ery­one went out of their way, for at least one day of the year, to treat each other how they would like oth­ers to treat them, imag­ine how good a Christmas we could all en­joy.

The oc­ca­sion is about giv­ing – some­thing that is much more than a sim­ple ex­change of gifts.

From all the team at The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser, we wish ev­ery­one a safe, happy and ful­fill­ing Christmas and New Year.

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