Christmas Greetings From PA Pundits International – 2015

Posted on Fri 12/25/2015 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, and while there is so much trouble in the World, our children and grandchildren are what keeps us grounded. 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 not be as hot as in earlier years. We have some overcast which is keeping it a little cooler than usual. Even so the maximum temperature looks likely to be around 32C which is close to 90F. There may be the slight chance of a shower, but that may not eventuate.

My good lady wife and I will be sharing Christmas with our daughter, her husband and our wonderful grand daughter. There will be seven of us in all, a smaller gathering than for other years. Our Son has driven up to be with us also, and he has come from just South of our State Capital, Brisbane, a distance of around 450 miles, and he arrived yesterday evening, so it was so good to catch up with him again.

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, especially in the kitchen. 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.

Last year, my wife had a fall, and I actually did some of the preparation myself, making and baking a Boiled Fruit Christmas cake, and a couple of other things as well. This year, with my wife back on deck, I offered to make the cake again, but I was relegated back to the clean up assistant. Obviously I’m biassed, but I really think my cake last year turned out better. My cake definitely had more Rum in it. You know the story about men and measurements when it comes to cooking. Yep, that looks about the right amount. Oh hang it all, put the rest of it in. It can’t hurt!

So, from our family to all our readers, we hope you have a wonderful and a peaceful Christmas with your family, because that is what Christmas is really all about, family.

From Grumpy Old Man

I wish everyone could read the Holy Bible to see what the greatest gift anyone could get is given by God Almighty. Jesus was born to die for each and every one of us, from the past, the present and the future.
Have a blessed Christmas. I am enjoying mine far away from home with relatives.

From annieapple

Have a merry Christmas everyone.
This is time for family. I hope all of our readers will have a joyous holiday.

From ditzydee

Happy Holidays to everyone regardless of your beliefs. Enjoy!

Those who contribute but are unable to add to this post wish you a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas!

From ed Admin.

We all are going through a difficult time and some in this country and around the world are experiencing extreme duress and sadness.  I am reminded of poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day in 1863, after losing his wife and tending his gravely ill son.

Christmas Bells

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

    and wild and sweet
    The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

    Had rolled along
    The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

    A voice, a chime,
    A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

    And with the sound
    The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

    And made forlorn
    The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

    “For hate is strong,
    And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

    The Wrong shall fail,
    The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Read John 3:16 and Isaiah 9:6-7 or Yesha’yahu 9:5-6 in the Jewish Tanakh.

My family and I wish you a Merry Christmas.