One of the many Santa displays around Grenfell.Once again the end of the year has crept up on us all while we weren’t looking.
Even so, it is a wonderful few weeks whereby we can take holidays and unwind, travel to visit seldom-seen relatives, go to church, spend a great day with the family or perhaps do an extra good deed to accompany the celebrations.
The gift-giving is also an intrinsic part of the annual ritual, especially for the little ones. However, for us oldies, it is that time of the year when we can begin to contemplate giving gifts of a lasting nature such as to charities that help feed the world’s teeming legions of starving refugees. It could also be a time for us to think about the victims of the multitude of wars around the world that seem to rage on without end and how we may help them.
Christmas is all of those things and more to the great majority of people who live in the west and especially so to those who practice the Christian faith.
For all of us it can be a time of deep contemplation about where we are heading as a civilization, or it can be a realization of just how lucky we have been in the “Lucky Country” over the last 12 months.
Christmas could also be a time for all of us to think about what the planet might look like in 100 years if we don’t try and curtail the throw-away mentality that we seem determined to impose on the whole world regardless of the consequences. We need to think how we may do things better and wiser so that the whole world can benefit from our enterprise.
It’s certainly something we could all put our minds towards – especially when you compare us to the rest of the planet – including the so-called superpowers – Australians have never had it so good.
The staff of the Grenfell Record would like to thank all of our wonderful contributors, our loyal advertisers, our knowledgeable and discernable readers, our sponsors and the increasing number of readers who have also embraced us on social media sites such as facebook.
As the editor of the Record I would like to say thank you to all who buy the paper and who also let us know when we have made a mistake or you don’t agree with something we have printed, especially in the editorial sections.
As we hurtle down the path of the digital highway over the next 12 months I can only hope that we will be traveling that path together. It will be interesting to see what the next 12 months actually does hold for all of us.
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year and we’ll be back again before you realize it and doing it all over again for another year
Love to all – Peter Soley
Editor – Grenfell Record.
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