Thoughts on Peace, and Christmas decorations.


“Peace on earth is rarer than an oyster’s pearl, as conflict around us continues to swirl.”  ~ Roger Hollander, human rights activist.

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Last night I was thinking about the message of Christmas supposedly being “Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.” This time last year, I wrote a blog on my old site, and part of it went like this,

“On Sky News this evening, I  saw the dreadful news coming out of Baghdad and Syria. So many people dead and injured in the latest terrorist attacks. Families devastated in Baghdad as a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden vehicle, blew himself up outside the office of a government agency fighting corruption. Reports from a human rights group in Syria, tell us that more than 6 200 people including hundreds of children have died in Syria’s crackdown on an anti-government revolt. At least 40 people have been killed and 100 injured in two explosions at security bases in Damascus, which according to state TV, were the work of terrorists.”

I does seem to me that we don’t seem to have learned anything in the last year, because we still have the carnage going on in Syria, and families are still being torn apart by the ongoing war there. So many people throughout the world are suffering because of greedy men fighting for power. I believe that the concept “Peace on earth” is sadly as elusive as it ever was. My heart goes out to all the innocent people caught up in these terrible situations. Because of man’s inhumanity to his fellow-man, for many people, these last days of 2012 have been filled with shock, grief and trauma, instead of joy and celebration.

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”  ~William Gladstone

For all of us who are fortunate enough to be spending this season with family and friends in a peaceful environment, it’s an opportunity for us to give thanks for our many blessings. I for one am so very grateful that I’m here, and not living in one of those strife-torn countries.

I would like to thank you all for all the congratulations and good wishes expressed on my last post. You are such a lovely bunch of bloggers, and I really appreciate this caring community. On Thursday we leave for our road trip up to New Jersey to spend Christmas with our dear son and his family. On Thursday, we’ll be staying overnight in Savannah, and on Friday, in Richmond Virginia. I’m so looking forward to the drive up there, and have so much present wrapping to do today, before I start packing. I hope I’ll be able to do a couple of blogs whilst we’re away.

Let me leave you with good wishes for the holiday season, and a few pics of some of the decorations I’ve seen around Florida in the past few days. I’m hoping to be able to go into NY city to see all the Christmas lights, especially the huge tree at the Rockefeller Centre.

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My son sent me this photo last year, from the Huffington Post. In New York, people try to outdo each other with their inventiveness for decorating their homes. This homeowner had to dismantle his efforts, after this scene almost caused road accidents, when people screeched to a halt to rush to this dummy’s assistance. He said, ” A 55-year-old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder and almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn’t realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of the many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn’t take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.”

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“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
~ Mother Teresa

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73 comments on “Thoughts on Peace, and Christmas decorations.

  1. I agree with you… We talk a lot about peace yet it seems so elusive as wars and attacks continue around the world… If w have peace, we are truly blessed. Enjoy your time away and thank you for being a great blog friend. Blessings!

  2. I wonder what gave that guy the idea that someone just hanging around would be a good decoration theme?
    Read missed posts avidly, but will abstain from individual comment.

  3. Seems you have a lot of road miles ahead of you this next few weeks. Please be safe, drive carefully and may the weather favor you. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time visiting family and friends.

  4. Peace and love – two simple words and somehow we can’t seem to have enough in this world. I wish more women were country leaders. They’re not as eager for power and we’d all be in better shape.

  5. Peace as you say Sylvia seems as illusive as ever but we cannot lose hope. I like the Mother Teresa quote. Have a fabulous time away with your family. Enjoy the road trip and take care. 🙂

  6. Wishing you a safe road trip and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. It seems we cannot control the lack of peace around the world but we can control the peace within ourselves. If everyone gets that under control, there will be peace in the world.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  7. LOL … that last photo is awesome!

    Meanwhile, thanks for sharing your wonderful words. Two thoughts come to mind. The first being something I can’t totally remember, but will give it my best. It’s about the conflict humans face: reaching out to embrace all humanity versus yielding/bending one’s values – thus yielding to force against those with different values.

    I’m not a Trekkie, but there is a great line from (I think) First Contact. The Vulcans tell humans that we are so barbaric because we settle disputes through war and violence over logic.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a glorious trip northward, and hope you get a chance to stop by my holiday party!

  8. That last picture was so funny 😉 Have to say, here they would probably have phoned the cops and ADT – thinking it’s a burglar 🙂
    Have a good trip AD – hope you hear from you again before Christmas though 🙂

  9. OMG I love the guy holding onto the house! HOW HILARIOUS!!! I would TOTALLY be the person stopping my care go help LOLOL LOVE IT!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MINE TO YOURS!!!

  10. If only we could find that Peace on Earth…. your words were so touching.
    Safe travels and may you have a wonderful time with the family!

  11. Hope you have a very safe trip ad. I agree, it is such a blessing to have our family and loved ones around us for Christmas. I wish you, because you are one of my special bloggy friends, a really wonderful Christmas filled with love.
    *hugs and love*
    xx

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