Saturday, December 24, 2016

Peace ... To All

No snark today ... it’s Christmas Eve and so I have another gift for y’all; a little repostage, a regift, if you will, of my annual holiday wish.

It still holds true....for me: 

Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. 

It's a religious holiday.

It's a shopping holiday.
It's a day for those who shop religiously. 
I'm not a big fan of either.  

So for me, Christmas is a day to spend with those you hold most dear in your heart. For me, it's Carlos and my family. Of course, the family is mostly on the Left Coast and I'm over here on the right, so Christmas is me and Carlos, and Ozzo, Tuxedo, Max Goldberg, and Consuelo Roca Jones—all our furry kids.  

It's a day of relaxation and togetherness; reflection and laughter; of a good dinner cooked and shared by the two of us. It's not a day for What did you get? or for thinking 
How could I have spent so much? It's a day for How lucky am I?  

How lucky indeed. 

Christmas is more than a celebration; it's a connection we all can share regardless of faith, if we look at it as a day of Peace. A day to relax; to forgive, if not forget. To be at Peace. 

Every year I get the same question from friends and strangers alike: What are you getting for Christmas? What do you want for Christmas? 

And I always say, What I get is a lovely day. What I want, and I ask for it every year, is Peace on Earth.

So here's to Peace on Earth, and the little parts that each of us plays in creating our own peace. To make amends to those we may have slighted in the past year; to those who may have slighted us. To talk with the people we love just because we love them. To be nice.

Just to be nice. There's a concept.

Maybe if we all took a moment to think about how we'd like to be treated, we would find ourselves treating others the same way. It's a small step, but an important one. A Please here and a Thank You there. You're Welcome is good, too, though My pleasure, is better. Hold a door open for someone; let someone with fewer packages get in line ahead of you. Lay off the horn. Don't speed. Smile. Be nice.

Be at Peace.
Merry Christmas world.
Happy Hanukkah.
Happy Kwanzaa.
Merry Festivus.
Happy Holidays.

And so that's my wish for you and yours. Health. Happiness. Love. Peace.

And, while I've said it over and over again, that I have my personal spiritual beliefs and they do not follow the teachings of any organized religion, every Christmas, no song makes me feel more peaceful, more happy, more at ease, more hopeful than this one.

And so I'll end with O Holy Night not because I am a religious man, but because I am a hopeful man, a peaceful man, a contented man.

And no one, for me, sings it better than my girl, JHud.....Jennifer Hudson. 


Fearsome Beard said...

Wishing you a beautiful Christmas/Chanukah/Festivus/Kwanzaa holiday. May love, light, joy and laughter be yours. Above all May peace surround us all. Thank you for this post.

Bob Slatten said...

Right back at you, sir, with all the goodness the season and the New Year can bring!

the dogs' mother said...

Blessings to you and Carlos and all your kids. Stay warm and cozy. xoxoxo

Debra She Who Seeks said...

One of my favourite carols, too. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Bob Slatten said...

Same to you and all of yours! xoxo

Have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy!

itsmyhusbandandme said...

Have a brilliant Christmas Bob and Carlos.

Bob Slatten said...

Back at you and Guido! Have a fabulous New Year!

Susan said...

Dear Bob, enjoy your day with Carlos and the Kits. I wish for you everything in your blog piece. Thank you for it all.

Bob Slatten said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate it and wish the same for you!

mistress maddie said...

Amen brother!!!! Watch those Christmas in a Copper Cups!!!! Glad you enjoyed them. Now are are two big wets ones for you and carlos💋💋 ....and a very Merry Christmas!

anne marie in philly said...


todd gunther said...

Bless you for your wonderful sentiments. Peace and joy for everyone in your life.

Bob Slatten said...

I'm actually making a couple right now ... before we head out for the night!
Merry Merry!

'Round here it's Feliz NaviDUDE!!

And all of the same, plus more, to you and AM!