Christmas Greetings From PA Pundits International – 2016

Posted on Sun 12/25/2016 by


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In what has been a momentous year on every front, the 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 in Australia

I hope all our readers have a wonderful time on this Christmas Day. Stay close to your children, or, if you are older, be close to your grandchildren if they are with you, 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 family, our children, and our 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 be warm to hot, as it usually is. The maximum temperature looks likely to be around 32C which is close to 90F, a little cooler than usual for a Summer’s day here in Central Queensland, probably due to some overcast, which is forecasted. The weather bureau has also advised us that here in Rockhampton, we might be having some showers at around 3PM, and they say that there is a 70% chance of that happening, but hey, they’re usually not all that accurate, so we will wait and see if that does happen.

My good lady wife and I will be having a quiet morning, just the two of us, and we will share presents with each other, and open some sent to us both by our youngest Son who lives with his wife and two sons of their own, and they live 500 miles South of us, close to our State Capital Brisbane. At around 1PM we will be driving the short distance to our daughter’s home, and spending the day with her, her husband, and their daughter, our grand daughter. The Christmas Day meal is usually the big meal here in Australia, and more often than not, it is held outdoors, mainly because of the heat.

However, this year, we will just be having some nibblies during the afternoon. That is because our other Son, our middle child, is driving up to Rockhampton from his home, also near Brisbane. He will be bringing our other Grand daughter with him. They will be having an early Christmas breakfast with our grand daughter’s mother, and then leaving for the 400 mile drive up here to Rockhampton. They will be arriving at around 6PM, and not long after they arrive, we will be having our main Christmas meal.

Our two grand daughters are now both 18, and they get on so well together, doing those things that only teenage girls do, and it has been such a wonderful thing to watch at least one of our grand daughters grow into the young woman she has now become. It will be good, especially for my good lady wife, to have most of our extended family in the one place at the one time.

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 for those in the kitchen. We will mostly be having cold seafood, cold chicken, cold ham, and salads, usually spread out on large plates placed in the centre of the table, and you just help yourself. And, there will also be some beer as well, but not too much.

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, reminding us of that family from more than 2,000 years ago, Mary, Joseph, and their boy child, Jesus.

From our other contributors.

Ed and his family, Marlin, Al, Annie, and Pat P would also like to wish our readers a Merry and Blessed Christmas, and may it last year round.