Christmas Greetings From PA Pundits International – 2014

Posted on Thu 12/25/2014 by


Christmas 01The regular contributors at PA Pundits International would like to take this special time to wish you all a wonderful and a peaceful Christmas, and we hope that you can share that day with your family, because after all, Christmas started out with a family, and it is a time when we should remember this with our own families.

Message from TonyfromOz

I hope all our readers have a wonderful time on this Christmas Day. Stay close to your children, or your grand children, and you’ll see the happiness in their faces. That is what makes us happy. Most of you have mobile telephones and these have the facility to take images, so if you are in a position to see the faces of your children as they unwrap their presents, take the time to take some images of them to have a permanent reminder of the joy that all children experience at Christmas.

There is so much in the wider World which gives us cause for concern, so on this day, let’s just forget about that stuff and concentrate on our families, and by doing just that, those wider concerns will fade away, even if just for one day. Take the time to give thanks for what we have.

Here in Australia, in Rockhampton, where I live, Christmas Day will be warm, and in fact probably quite hot, as we are in the middle of our Summer here. The temperature will be around the low to mid 30C range. (around the high 80’s, low to middle 90’s Fahrenheit) My good lady wife and I will be sharing Christmas with our daughter, her husband and our wonderful grand daughter and a couple of other friends for lunch, around a dozen or so of us in all.

Not many people in Australia will be partaking of a Christmas meal which most Americans might identify with, a hot meal, as here in Australia, the heat makes that type of meal a little too much. We will mostly be having cold chicken, cold ham, and salads,usually on large plates in the centre of the table, and you just help yourself. As well as those things there will be seafood, mainly Prawns (which you call Shrimp)

My good lady wife Barbara, had a fall at home recently, and has a mild concussion, so after a day and night in hospital, some of the preparation tasks were left up to me. That included making the fruit cake which is traditionally one of the things my wife does. This year, that task fell to me, the first time I have attempted such a thing. That has been done, a complete new experience for me, making and baking a boiled fruit cake. So far so good, as it looks to have resulted in what looks to be a nice, if not huge, and heavy, fruit cake, but the truth will be in the eating, as it always is, so I hold hopes that this will be a success.


Tony’s Boiled Fruit Cake. Christmas 2014.


Some of the other tasks in the kitchen have also fallen for me to do, and again, there’s a first time for everything, as usually, I am mostly the assistant when it comes to things like this, and then the person who does all the dishes.

I am sure that we and our family will have a wonderful day, because we will be sharing it with family, which, after all is what Christmas is really about.

So, from my family to yours, we wish you the happiest of Christmases.

May the “reason for the season’ be with you today, in your thoughts and your heart. And may this stay with you throughout the coming year.

Have a Joyful, Peaceful, Christmas.

—ed & gang; Annie, Grumpy & our families.