… and while many of our Olderhood Followers don’t celebrate today, we nonetheless believe that today is a day of friendship and fellowship by all peoples in all countries.
I hope you agree.
As we grow older, in many respects, we tend to think that today is just another day … and in many respects it is. However, it is also a day to reflect on times past. A day also to pause our hectic lives, and realize that our children and grandchildren still marvel at the spectacle of Santa Clause, the reindeer and presents.
We should never lose sight of the fact that for many of them this is their first Christmas – or at least early on in their lives. We simply don’t have to shower them with gifts, but we do have to share their happiness and excitement and surprise with them. May they never have to get older and be disappointed by the realities and facts of life.
Yet, today is also a day to recognize that there are millions of kids around the world who for one reason or another, aren’t able to participate in the joy. We must never get too complacent and smug, to forget that many of them not only don’t have presents, but may not have food, water, clothing, or shelter. Spare a thought please.
Olderhood is not a religious (or political) community. Yet we recognize and appreciate that there are many religions within our Following. Olderhood respects all religions. The hand of peace and harmony must always be extended. We do so.
I imagine that for those of you who are celebrating today, you have now read about enough from me, and want to get back to family gatherings …. so I will close.
I wish you all a day
……………………of comfort and joy.