How about a Peaceful Christmas.

It seems as though Christmas has been on my mind a lot recently. The shops are all starting to fill their shelves with cards and Christmas gifts, mingling with all the things for Halloween. I think Christmas gets earlier every year but that could just be my age. I can certainly remember how long it took to get here when I was young and how the shops would only be thinking of putting their stocks out sometime in late November.

Christmas gifts

I started my Christmas shopping early this year and am on a roll. Yes, I’ve almost finished so December won’t find me in a crush of people at the shops and in a panic about what to get. It occurred to me that I love to buy gifts and can do it all year long but I mustn’t forget that Christmas isn’t just about the gifts I  buy, it involves a lot more.

xmas

Not in a religious sense as I make no secret of the fact that I’m not religious. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t follow what some of the great religious leaders have said or what some of their followers have espoused. Peace on Earth and tolerance would be the great Christmas wish I’d want given the choice and many religions have tried to bring that about. I’m not talking in the ‘We’ll recruit you and make you all the same’ kind of way, but just through tolerance and understanding. Jesus and Buddha have been exponents of that.

So, between now and Christmas I’m going to make an effort to smile at as many people as possible to see if I can lighten their day. And, given the opportunity I’m going  to hug them or Cwtch as we say in Wales. I don’t care what race, colour or religion people are,this will just be a shared humanity Hug to say that I love them. I’m happy not to try and make my beliefs an issue as in I can only hug you or show tolerance if you share my faith, This will just be my way of trying to bring a smile and maybe a little joy into some lives to show we exist together so we can live together in Peace. Maybe there is someone out there that you know who is waiting for or in need of a Hug to show we accept no barriers between us. Why not try and lighten at least one life a day on the run up to Christmas and who knows, maybe you’ll get a kick out of it too.

I wish us all Peace and Love.

There now, doesn't that feel better?

There now, doesn’t that feel better?

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About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J.
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16 Responses to How about a Peaceful Christmas.

  1. A lovely post, David. Thank you for taking time out to write it! And kudos on getting the shopping done way ahead of time. I don’t enjoy the crowds. Well done. The cartoon made me smile.
    But let me send you a bunch of Halloween hugs before I start sending the Christmas ones. 😀
    Hey, there’s a thought… Instead of an “Octoberfest” it can be an October-hug-fest!
    Mega October-hug-fest hugs, my friend!

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  2. GP Cox says:

    A peaceful Christmas would make it the most perfect one!!!

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  3. Good on you, David. I’ll be joining you and giving out as many hugs (and cwtchs) as possible between now and Christmas. Smiling is infectious so I’ll be doing a lot of that as well 🙂
    Hugs to you.

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  4. I love your idea, David. This is what life should be like every day not just at Christmas.I agree a hug feels wonderful especially for those who are alone. Be careful some lady doesn’t accost you with her purse or pocketbook.
    A smile is like the sun shining. I like Teagan’s idea as well. Maybe I’ll open a booth and help spread peace and joy, smiles and hugs.
    Fabulous post and a wonderful reminder. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • davidprosser says:

      I so agree it should be all the time and not just Christmas but I’d settle for what I could get in the hopes people would like it so much they’d want more.
      Yes, I don’t want a clack round the ear with a handbag full of brick, I’ll be careful.
      If you open a booth can I man it part time for you or do you want to keep your customers?
      I hope you’re well, xxx Sending Gigantic Hugs to you xxx

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  5. D. Parker says:

    Here in Canada we have Thanksgiving (which I have mixed feelings about because of the whole, hey we discovered and claimed a land that already had people living there and doing quite well, thank you very much), but all that aside, I am ever so thankful for so much, so I’ll make peace with my mixed feelings for now.
    Then comes Halloween (admittedly one of my favourite times of the year).
    Then Remembrance Day (I have a bee in my bonnet about how stores can’t wait until November 12th, the day after Remembrance Day to start decorating for Christmas – I understand buying for Christmas before, it’s best to avoid the madding crowds, but no signs of Christmas until after we’ve honoured those who fought and those who gave all for us)…
    Then Christmas. But I think peace, love, hope, joy, and hugs are for all year round. Thank you, David, for being a voice of reason in this wild west world (sure that’s what www really stands for).
    Hope this day treats you kindly and massive hugs!!! 🙂

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    • davidprosser says:

      I so agree Donna that waiting until Nov 12th wouldn’t cause us to buy any less from the profiteering businesses.
      I also agree that Peace, Love ,Jot etc are, like a dog, for all year round. I just think as we don’t have it currently we have to start somewhere to teach people how good it is and how they’ll enjoy it (arms manufacturers excepted of course).After all, murder must go on.
      I hope you’re having a perfect day there. I send Massive Hugs to spread around xxx

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  6. Lovely post with lovely thought behind it. Sadly, I think “religion” is one of the reasons we don’t have Peace on Earth. When religions are involved everyone seems bent on being right at any cost. Which is not to say that I don’t agree with you 100% when it comes to spiritual teachings.

    I think you’ve made an excellent point and if we can all strive to keep the same outlook as yourself during the holidays (and year round would be even nicer!), the world will be indeed a better place for us all.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I think more wars have been fought and more deaths cased by religions than any other reason. It’s one of the reasons I’m not a follower of religions though some like Buddhism certainly send out the right message.
      It has to be time we stopped believing ‘Guns don’t kill, people kill’ since a man with a catapult can’t do as must damage to his fellow humans as a mach III machine gun.The gun kills quite effectively with the right help.
      I’d rather see a peaceful Christmas with people finding they liked it than an increase in the carnage we currently have.
      Thanks for popping in,
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  7. We came on holiday to Spain many years ago just before Christmas. It was so uncommercialised it threw me. A few lights in shop windows and that was it. It was beautiful. And actually, where we now live in Spain, still is pretty peaceful and calm. What Christmas should be in fact.

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