The Key of Christmas

Looking Seaward from The Pier, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Looking Seaward from The Pier, Tramore, Co. Waterford

Christmas Day is drawing to a close here in Ireland and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kindness and support all year. Even though I have only ever met a few of my readers in person, I feel that I know many of you as ‘friends’ through our connection here in blogland.

You might wonder about the photograph I’ve chosen for today. It’s one of my anchors in my beloved Tramore and here’s a photograph that Dad took of me sitting on it when I was three or four:

Anchored at the Pier Photo: Frank Tubridy
Anchored at the Pier
Photo: Frank Tubridy

I ended up pulling out these photographs as a result of reading these lines from Waterford-born poet, Sean Dunne:

Or will the key of Christmas flick

the lock free and let me sail

at last across the threshold?

The key of Christmas, as I see it, is a mingling of love, encouragement, empathy and belief. I feel that everyone needs these in their lives so that they can realise their potential and dreams.

My wish for everyone here in blogland is that the key of Christmas will flick for you and that together we can sail across thresholds that matter to us.

Sweet Dreams, dear Friends!




Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

28 thoughts on “The Key of Christmas”

  1. What a sweet picture of you and wonderful memories also. Yes the holiday season is almost over and now we wait for New Years Eve. I hope the spiritual gifts of the season were many for you.

  2. We all have potential whether or not we use it is a matter of deternination, encouragement from those who love and care for us..being able to surge ahead even at the darkest moments in our life. I love the picture of you sitting on the Pile (supporting pillar)..we all leave our marks in life.

  3. Beautiful and full of wisdom as ever Jean. I love the photo of you sitting on the capstan. I hope your Christmas was more restful and peaceful than mine. Christmas day was a bit of a trial but today with the Newbie and our youngest son and wife was lovely. xxx

  4. A belated Merry Christmas to you, Jean! I love these images (you look so sweet!) and feel blessed to call you my friend. Would that one day our thresholds meet!

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