It’s now 3.35 in the afternoon and here I sit, the South Easter is howling off the Indian Ocean, the sky blue, temperature hitting the high twenties (centigrade for those of you that still live under imperial rule) and much to my surprise it’s Christmas day!
Hard to imagine a fairer city to be in for Christmas than Cape Town, South Africa!
Somehow this year the festive season snuck up on me and caught me completely unaware.
Admittedly it’s not my favourite time of the year , but I’m usually a bit more present to it’s imminent arrival… if for no other reason than to sharpen my cynical wit and rehearse my Scroogian disdain.
I spent my day yesterday tending to the odds ‘n’ sods that demanded my attention before attacking the correspondence and well wishing to friends and family (one of the more enjoyable aspects of Christmas). Convinced that I would have all of Christmas Eve to devote my attention to the task, horror of horrors my flatmate Helder (a wonderful human being and gifted furniture designer; who incidentally is a dead ringer for Elmer Fudd) informs me, that somehow I’ve misplaced a day and in fact it’s already Christmas Eve,
“No no it’s not” I retort ” it can’t be! Tomorrow is definitely Christmas Eve”
Final score…..Elmer: 1 Daffy: 0
*Sigh* When the day comes that I can finally manage to remove my head from my backside a thunderous “Pop” will be heard around the globe.
And so here we are Christmas 2010 has arrived and depending on which country you live in? It may nearly be gone.
To all of you whom I love dearly to all those wonderful people I have the privilege of counting as friends and to those friends I have yet to meet, wherever you may be.
I hope you have the most wonderful day and a forthcoming year and that the Good Lord Himself, by whatever name you may attribute to him, or by whatever sect, creed or theology you may adhere to; however you may understand (or for that matter, not understand him); The Ancient of Days; The Master of all that there is, will grant you your dearest wishes and fondest aspirations.
To those of you that worry that you may not have enough to eat, may your grocery cupboards be filled and never again empty.
To those who fear they may lose the roof over their heads or have already done so, may you inherit a castle in Spain; or may the bank accidentally wipe out your mortgage account details from their main computer and write off the balance of your debt in compensation for their colossal foul up.
To those who may doubt that their relationships will survive; may you awake with a new perspective and understanding so that you may see your partners with new eyes and fall hopelessly in love all over again.
For those who are concerned that their businesses may founder or that their jobs may be lost, may prosperity visit you daily and bestow upon you the courage, insights and wisdom that will propel your endeavours beyond your wildest dreams.
For those of you that suffer from ill-health or fear the loss of a loved one, may your ailments be over come and if not… that your hearts and minds are filled with a new appreciation of the life that surrounds you and the courage to accept and embrace what lies ahead.
And for those who may not make it through this forthcoming year, may all the saints and angels of heaven be there to welcome you home… surely they’ll take you out for a cup of coffee and a doughnut and answer all those nagging questions you’ve been accumulating for years.
If none of these things should come to pass this year? Then I wish that your hearts and minds will be filed with the joy and certainty that God will, in his time (with a bit of sweat equity on your part) fill your cup to overflowing, grant all your wishes, lighten your hearts and relieve you of your sorrows and burdens.
God Bless and Merry Christmas.