Christmas Greetings From PA Pundits International – 2018

Posted on Tue 12/25/2018 by

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Christmas 2018

In what has been another of those momentous years not just where we all live, but in the wider World, 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 turmoil around us in our own Countries, and also in the wider 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, where I live, Christmas Day will be warm, but not too hot really, just a little lower than 30 degrees Celsius, and that’s 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and while that may seem hot to Americans in the depths of Winter, that temperature is cooler than it usually is at this time of year.

This has been a momentous year for me, personally, on so many fronts. We moved from our home at Rockhampton in Central Queensland to Beenleigh in the South East of the State, and while Beenleigh was once a small town of its own between Brisbane and The Gold Coast, it is now virtually a Southern Suburb of the State Capital, Brisbane, as that huge city expands in every direction. The move was from a house to an Apartment, so we have downsized somewhat, and we both love it, and the advantage here was that we could do it while we still could, and not have to do it when we are older, which would be more difficult. My good lady wife has some minor health issues, mainly age related, as is always the case, so the move to a smaller apartment makes it a little easier for her. I also had a minor health scare, barely a week ago now, and that was remedied with the insertion of a heart pacemaker.

On this Christmas Day, my good lady wife and I will be having a quiet morning, just the two of us, and we will share a couple of presents with each other over a quiet breakfast. At around 2PM we will be going to have Christmas Day Lunch/Dinner. While in previous years we got in the car and drove over to our daughter’s home, this year all we need do is to walk next door, as our Son and his wife live in the next apartment to us. The Christmas Day meal is usually around early to mid afternoon here in Australia, and we will be alternating between indoors and out on the balcony. Our son’s daughter, our other grand daughter will be sharing the day with us as well, so there will just be the five of us, a nice small family group.

Not many people in Australia will be partaking of a Christmas meal which most Americans might identify with, that being 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. This year, even I spent some time in the kitchen, preparing some of the things we will be having. I made a cheese ball from an old recipe I wheedled out of a friend back in 1986, and I also spent some time earlier in the Month making and baking the boiled fruit cake we will all be sharing for afters.

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 baby 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 that happiness last all year round.

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