so this is christmas…

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

{Refrain}
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

{Refrain}

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
Ans so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

{Refrain}

War is over over
If you want it
War is over
Now
John Lennon (and Yoko Ono?)

Another year. I looked at our xmas tree the other night – little lights, and a heritage of decorations gathered over years and from around the world – beautiful. By the next night carefully wrapped gifts had begun to accumulate, and a few nights later there was standing room only under the tree. How fortunate we are – gifts aplenty, not expensive, granted; but no shortage either. The fridge and pantry are beginning to moan as they become ever more loaded – the entire family joined us today – so we’ve catered for 24 today. Actually, probably catered for 44 – but there’ll be time for snacking, later today and of course, tomorrow.

Thrice blessed then. Food aplenty. Presents aplenty. A safe home for us to enjoy it all. Friends and family. Time off from work (albeit briefly). Technology allows me to chat to friends around the world. These are times of prosperity and wonder – it’s just an everyday thing – but they’re all reasons to be grateful. It’s been such as good year.

The year that was:

Most petulant frenzy – when I couldn’t find the passports. Still can’t. Got new ones instead. And getting the photos – argh – I know you’re not supposed to look well for passport photos – but I didn’t recognise myself in the first lot. How come real estate photos make a shed look fabulous, but passport photos make you look direct from the lab?
Most proud moment – when Zofia scored a role at Christie’s.
Most work, most fun moment – crewing on Drawing Closer, the new movie by Trevor Romain and Carl Theil.
Most arty-farty moment – visiting Ben Livingston’s studio.
Most consistent art – Turnbull Group life drawing – staring at nekkid chicks for two hours every Thursday. That’s all good.
Most unexpected event – visiting Trevor and Amiel Romain and rediscovering perhaps the nicest people on the planet.
Most chinese zodiac moment – almost everyone one I know either changed where they live, or where they work, or, in our case, both. We started working on our home and garden, and we’re even selling my Mum’s house. The year of the pig has been a busy year for domestic property and prosperity.

Finally, to you, my loyal readers and commenters – you know who you are – and to the blog friends whose work I read at least once a day (please feel free to write more) – thank you – you’ve helped make 2007 another wonderful year, another year to be grateful for.

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