I would like to invite you all to come and share your thoughts, experiences, memories, music, poetry, art … about Christmas here on Social Bridge over the next 12 days.
I’m well aware that Christmas means different things to different people and that each Christmas is different. I’ve known lots of different kinds of Christmases from the blissfully happy to the pretty miserable and would like to feel that this can be a stopping point for everyone ~ no matter how Christmas seems this year.
I plan to write a little here each day but would love this to be a place of vibrant connection. So please see this as somewhere that you can stop off, draw breath and mingle with others from across the globe.
Thanks to everyone who has stopped off to comment on this Christmas Bridge so far. It’s great to hear your thoughts from near and far.
Today, I’d like to bring you a radio ad that has been played here in Ireland for many, many years now over the Christmas period. (I can’t think of any other ads that are re-used year after year.) When I hear this one, it always makes me pause and think how quintessentially Irish it is:
Do you have Christmas ads that ‘get you’ every time you hear them?
We live very close to a junior school here in Tramore and I love watching the growing excitement on the kids’faces as the Christmas holidays approach.
My thoughts today were on the various Christmas plays and concerts that were such a fundamental part of school. The outstanding memory for me is the one when I was six or seven and was one of the drummers in the class band. I certainly don’t have any musical talent and this was the one and only time I was ever in a band. I loved every minute of it.
Later on in secondary school, a group of the girls got together and formed a small band. This is one of the songs that they used to sing.
Funny how all those years seem like only ‘yesterday’ as the memories come flooding back.
I’d love to hear about the Christmas concerts or Christmas songs that are part of your yesterdays.
I got my sprig of locally grown mistletoe today so feel that the centre piece of the decorations is totally sorted. Holly and mistletoe are absolute fundamentals for me and have been all my life.
It’s beyond possible to have a Christmas tree with puppy Stan in the house. It wouldn’t last five minutes and we all agree that he’s the decoration we want around the house. Maybe we should get him a red collar!
Are you a decorations person and do you have special decorations that take precedence over others?
Last night I attended an overwhelmingly loving event in Waterford City. It was called: Remembering the Christmas Peace Truce. It’s 101 years since the Christmas Peace Truce in World War 1 and The Justice Group from The Abbey Community School in Waterford did wonderful work in both remembering that special Christmas in 1914 as well as bringing the message from it forward to the realities of today.
The focus was very much on the importance of peace and connection within our communities. Thus it was very appropriate to have The Island of Ireland Peace Choir in attendance.
The students have identified homelessness as one of the most significant social problems in Ireland today and their aim is to work towards heightening awareness of this and bringing pressure, with their student peers, on policymakers to ensure that it is tackled systematically. The High Hopes Choir, which is Ireland’s first choir of homeless people, was also singing at the event.
This was definitely the event which brought the spirit of Christmas alive to me this year and I hope that the messages it conveyed are heard loud and clear across the world.
Have you any thoughts of what a Christmas Bridge might look like?
I was browsing through Christmas cards the other day and this one jumped out at me. (Yes, I still believe in Christmas cards, do you?)