Oddly I came across this reminder from the classic British series ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special.
In December 1914 during the heart of a most destructive, painful and heart breaking war two opposing sides unexpectedly broke with the death and destruction, walked up into no mans land and shared a game of football, some carol singing, shook hands and enjoyed each other’s company as straight forward equals and human beings. Showing that amongst the greatest horrors it is possible to walk away from pre concieved hatred and ruinous ideals.
In a world where borders are less pronounced and thus one would expect we should become more accepting, in recent times it seems we turn our backs on the teachings of the past; the mistakes that should be learned from and the powerful positive actions such as above. All of us, but indeed the leaders of our nations would do well to think back to this day, amongst many others, and take time to understand what can be learnt from it.
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays and a positive 2018. I for one believe it will be a better year. Not least of all because I won the impromptu adult colouring contest at Christmas dinner, which is surely a sign of great things to come.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Joyeux Noel. Feliz Natal. Buon Natale. Nollaig Shona Dhuit. Frohliche Weihnachten. Nadolig Llawen.