Dear Inner Wheel Friends,
This newsletter is my personal message to you for Christmas and the New Year.
I wonder if you feel like I do – that 2012 has just whizzed by? It is said that as you age, the years go faster. I am sure that that shows just how many of us lead hectic lives and are always on the go.
However, there are many out there who feel every day is a week and every week a month. They are possibly housebound, possibly have physical disabilities, possibly are depressed or just plain lonely. Christmas to these is a nightmare because “everyone else is so busy”. Businesses and shops close, sometimes for long periods, and assistance with home breakdown facilities is almost non-existent. Those on the streets have an awful time during the coldest part of the winter.
Fortunately, there are some wonderful people who are intent on bringing peace and some comfort to these sufferers. The Salvation Army, WRVS, Red Cross and several local charitable groups will try to provide food and warmth and a friendly listening service for them. Please support them in any way you can. Christmas is a time of celebration for many so making sure that no one is left out is an important part of that. Of course, their trials go on through the winter, so please keep them in your thoughts and actions into 2013.
I hope that many of you can spend some time with your families especially the younger members of them. Children seem to make Christmas and I think I enjoy it more as a Granny than I did as a Mum. You seem to have more time to concentrate on them without worrying about the business of Christmas. There is nothing to beat the delight in a child’s eyes when they see the Christmas tree and the lights, their giggly anticipation when opening presents and their wonderment when they attend their Carol and Christmas services. It gives you so much pleasure that you can live on the memories for weeks to come.
Enjoy your Christmas foods and parties and then head for the Jan 1st! Enjoy making those New Year Resolutions and looking forward to what a new year can offer. It is exciting for most of us and we go back to work and our normal lives with renewed vigour.
May I wish you all a very happy Christmas time and an interesting and rewarding 2013.