Thursday, December 22, 2005

Crazie Christmas Advent Calendar 22

A Christmas Ramble

I have been thinking that my advent has been very self-obsessed. Sure, there have been the odd crowd pleasers, but mostly it has been about me. Which is really rather sad.

Before the Christmas Spirit comes on Saturday, I would like to ramble slightly in my advent.

Christmas is a difficult time of year for so many. Recent blogging activities have made me realise what today's advent should be.

Animal blogging owners and I have been regularly visiting a blog run by The Cowboy for his beloved cat Eponine who became poorly. Sweet Eponine went to Rainbow Bridge yesterday at the magnificent age of 14, and all us pet owners feel for the Cowboy and have sent messages of support.

Animal or human, the loss of a friend or loved one is very sad.

On the international front, there is no news on Norman Kember. We keep him in our thoughts and prayers that the group holding him will be merciful and return him to his family for Christmas.

We remember the victims of the London bombings in July and wish their families and the survivors a peaceful Christmas with happy memories of those no longer near.

We remember all those injured and affected by the fuel depot blaze at Hemel Hempstead only a couple of weeks ago, and hope they will recover.

We remember the people who lose loved ones at Christmas, surely the worst time to lose a dear member of the family or close friend.

We remember those in hospital, those who will be in hospital over Christmas, and those who will be sitting by a bedside at Christmas.

We keep in mind those affected by others' cruelty or thoughtlessness over the Yuletide period.

We remember those who cannot be with their family or friends for Christmas.

We keep in our thoughts those still recovering from the Asian Tsunami and the devastating hurricanes in the US. And to the countless people affected by natural or man-made disasters the world over.

There is so much sadness in the world, but there is so much opportunity to give succour and comfort in some small way.

I received a gift today with the card 'Thanking you for all your kindness and support this year' from one of my staff. And there was me thinking that with all I could do within my powers as his boss, I wished I could do more. But he and his wife were comforted by what little I did do.

Spread some goodwill, peace and joy this Christmas. After all, isn't that what it's all about?



OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh I love this CQ...It's the best thing we can do at Christmas, I think...Thanks for the very timely reminder...

AND, YES, "Steal" Away., for your Advent...I stole it and made a Christmas is a fun thing to do, isn't it?

CyberKitten said...

Well said CQ.

Eponine's Cowboy said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting Eponine's blog. You have provided much comfort.

Very much like your blog and plan to return.

Take care, my friend. - Eponine's Cowboy

mar said...

That's a post, cq, our queen! have a merry xmas, sweetie, and a great 2006.

craziequeen said...

OOL - thank you, my dear. I was planning to use it tomorrow :-) Just in time for the seasonal M&G :-)

ck - thank you, my dear, dear friend :-)

Our Sweet Cowboy - everyone is welcome at the Palace :-) We have all grown close to you over the last few weeks :-)

Mar - you too, my sweet. Have a cracking holiday and come back safe to your blogging buddies! :-)


Juggling Mother said...

yeah yeah i agree and all that, but right now you have to go read OOL's post & see her idea for a game to play on the 28th.

Although, of course, that's a great post, and something that we should all keep in mind during the festivities.

craziequeen said...

bum - I was hoping you hadn't thought of that! I was going to surprise you....


S.I.D. said...

Very true cq. A very happy and Peaceful Christmas from Earth Angels 1-4,Mrs SID and I.

craziequeen said...

Cheers SID, hope you and all the SIDS have a wonderful, stressfree Christmas! :-)