Village Voice: December 2017

December 2017

Happy Christmas

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?

Another year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun

The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year

Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong

For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong

And so happy Christmas
For black and for white

For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year

Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done?

Another year over
And a new one just begun

John Lennon

I remember when John Lennon first released this song and the impact it had around the world. Since then, it has become one of the modern carols as it seems to encapsulate the spirit of Christmas amongst all the peoples of the world and identifies the spirit of peace and harmony through lyrics.
The song also embodies the notion that it is up to all of us to actually create this spirit of peace and equality for all people – regardless of colour or creed. It will not happen without our commitment.

It is very easy to look around the world and shake your head in dismay or bewilderment at many of the things that are occurring over recent years but we have hope that goodness will prevail and injustices overcome.

We are one of the lucky countries in the world (even though we know we can do better) so at Christmas time, spare a thought or say a prayer for those who need encouragement of a helping hand. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.

In our part of the world at the Village there are many opportunities to celebrate Christmas and the spirit of goodwill is quite apparent. There is always a friend or neighbour to assist those residents who may need some special attention at this time and I have no doubt that all of the Village family will assist if we have someone in need.

I would wish all of our residents and staff a very merry Christmas and trust that you will have peace and happiness with your family and friends and, most especially, that you feel blessed with the absolute joy of Christmas.

Best wishes
Stuart

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