Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas Fellow Passengers On Life's Journey

 In 2010, an excerpt from "A Christmas Carol" was used to send out my Christmas wish to all. To lurking readers. Other's who share thoughts.  To my fellow bloggers. Those who stand with me in the metaphorical trenches, year after year. And everyone else. Whoever you are? Wherever it is you may be?  I wish you all the best. A joyous day. Happy times. People to share the season with.  Some good food and of course, always, some good wine. My Christmas 2020 post will end again with that quote. 

First a bit of reflection:

 This year has been a very different year. That's for sure. The online censorship has gotten more robust. AND yet... we still stand

 The fear has been heightened to levels so extreme. I could hardly believe them possible. And yet.... still we stand. 

Standing tall. Standing true. Standing strong. In the face of what one could only describe as a deluge of lies & misrepresentation. The destructive heavy handedness of government doing the bidding of those who hold the reins of power. As we enter yet another lockdown. A lockdown that will result in a multitude of destroyed lives and liveloods. Lots has gone wrong this year. Personally, it's been a difficult year. Challenges. Sadness. Feelings of loss. And still much has been good as well. Through it all there has been- LOVE. In the spirit of the season I told my hubby how very much his love and support has been appreciated this past year. How glad I am to have him for 'my rock' Of course, he said I was silly. But he smiled, still. 

 I thought about the people that crossed my path yesterday. What had been done to them? What they had allowed to be done to them? The cross (angry) The fearful. The dictators. So many little dictators. "You're walking against the arrows" "Your mask isn't on right"  Horrendous attitudes openly on display. Why were these people acting so awful? My conclusion was that they all felt so helpless they desperately needed each to be a tiny drill sergeant so they could have some power. However fleeting. However illusory. It was truly pathetic. I smiled. Chatted. Laughed. And wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Many thought I was mad, undoubtedly. That is not the case. My determination was to not let the fearful, the brainwashed, the deranged drag me down to their level. Ya know the one where they'd lost every bit of their humanity? They failed to realize that in each of us is a bit of the other.  I don't want to lose that understanding of mankind. 

So my wish for Christmas- Is that this memory, this realization is restored to each and everyone of us.

"But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

However you spend this time? Spend it well. Be kind. Say hello. Smile. Don't forget we are all fellow passengers on life's journey

Stay out of fear. Take back your power. And don't allow it to be taken from you again. 

*buon Natale 
*joyeux Noël
*Feliz Navidad
*hyvää joulua
*καλά Χριστούγεννα
*счастливого Рождества
*mutlu Noeller
*Fröhliche Weihnachten  


  1. If this shows up twice, please delete one! I've been having the worst time leaving comments here.

    Merry Christmas darling Penny (and hubby too)!

    I have not had the same experience you've had with others. It's sad they've let the darkness into their hearts and minds. However, people I've spoken to seem surprised that it's the holiday season! I was chatting with a young woman a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I wished her a happy Thanksgiving and she was taken aback. A few days ago we had a service person doing some work in our home. As he was leaving, I wished him a Merry Christmas. He, too, seemed taken aback, like he didn't know what month it was. LOL! I don't know what "world" these people live in, but in our home it is love and peace; we do not let the evil past our doors or into our heads or hearts.

    God bless you both, and I look forward to the journey (albeit virtually) with you! Love to both.

    1. Gwen- thanks so much. I appreciate the blessings and offer mine to you- we shall continue on this journey, all of us, together. :)
      Tell your hubby we say hello to him too.

  2. Hi Penny:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021 to you and your hubby. May we win the battle for humanity that we are presently engaged in in the New Year.

    1. Hi GC: Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
      " May we win the battle for humanity that we are presently engaged in in the New Year."
      We will

  3. This is my wish for everyone for Christmas.
    We are one world. May it be filled with Love.
    Let Your Love Flow

  4. Merry Christmas from Aangirfan.

  5. Love to all. I'm alone, but I don't feel alone because of phone calls and emails and online pals like Penny. (What am I saying; there's NOBODY like Penny;-)

    I live in a seniors' apt. building where half a dozen or more people have died in recent weeks. This is a much higher number than in 2019. Not from Covid, and from old age certainly, but I believe earlier than they might have because of enforced isolation -- common rooms closed, masks ordered to be worn at all times, only one person on each elevator at a time, tenants ordered not to visit their neighbours. (By the way, I've flouted the mask rules here, and not one neighbour I've encountered has given me a hard time over it.)

    It's interesting, to me at least, that the residents have, for the first time since I've lived here (this is my 3rd Christmas here), left piles of Christmas cards, addressed to other residents, on the mailbox ledge and at the doors of many apartments. As depressed as many of them may be, they decided to try to cheer up their neighbours.

    A cure for one's own depression may well lie in trying to ease someone else's.

    Penny, your Christmas blog post is a masterpiece. All good wishes right back at you! And to your other faithful readers.

    By the way, OffGuardian is offering a crossword contest, if anyone is in the mood for a challenge:

    1. Thanks Yaya- as there is no one like you :)

      I love the christmas card exchange- it's so human wanting to communicate with people- maintain contact

  6. Merry Christmas YayaCanada. Great for you and your fellow apartments residents to cheer each other up.

  7. A zen cowboy song that echoes the "Passengers On Life's Journey" theme:
    Steve Wariner, "Life's Highway"

  8. Best wishes to all. I don't know you personally Penny but you are an inspiration and count you as a dear friend as you are to humanity.

    1. Abdullah- that is a huge compliment. I was taken back when I read this. And am truly humbled that you feel me to be an inspiration and am honoured to be counted as a friend to you and everyone else.
      Thank you so very much :)

  9. Hi Penny … M.R. here with a couple of thoughts

    It's Canadian Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) and I'm late to the Christmas best wishes table but please know that I do wish all who gather at Penny's thought-filled and expertly-researched blog the continued dedication and strength to keep seeking the truth and pushing back against a deluge of deceit and maniacal diktats. Be careful when it's prudent but be bold when anything less would mean total capitulation to those who want to steal our souls. Blessings to all.

    Christmas Day is always a laid-back day for us with an easy reheat of our big Christmas Eve dinner (a Norwegian tradition from my mother's side of the family). I thought our special treats yesterday would be watching some videos and going out for a drive to see as many Christmas lights as we could find around town. It turned out that drive was super special because we encountered a fox and he let us watch him for about 5 minutes with the headlights of the car beamed on him. We have quite a bit of wildlife in our area but this was the first time we'd ever seen a fox here. Mr. Fox had the most impressive bushy tail and he strutted back and forth a couple of times so we could fully appreciate it. The "they" tried to cancel Christmas but didn't succeed in even diminishing ours and I hope this was the case for everyone.

    1. We had a nice christmas and enjoyed two beautiful walks outdoors. One christmas day- one boxing day. perhaps I'll post a picture later?

      I've not seen any foxes as of late- Though I know they are quite spectacular in the winter.

      Glad you enjoyed your Christmas too
      and as always thank you for reading here :)