Lew Stoddard's Christmas Message
Christmas is that special time of year. It is for families, it is for friends, and it is a time for reflection and sharing. As we grow older, it is those fond memories that make us realize how very fortunate we are, compared to many others in the world in which we live. No matter where we are, and no matter how far we have wandered, there is no place on earth like home, especially at Christmas.
Vividly, I recall my boyhood days growing up in central Carleton County, in the province of New Brunswick. Coming from a closely knit family of nine, plus Mum and Dad, supported by farming and forestry, the simple things of life were the staples of our very existence. I can still recall those smells of something wonderful as we would enter Mum's kitchen upon returning from school on a cold day. The cakes, the cookies, the squares, and all those other special treats that were always so plentiful at this special season of the year added a dimension beyond words.
After graduating from high school in Juniper, New Brunswick, I can recall that first Christmas away. I had joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Police. I was in training at St. Jean, Quebec. I was homesick and devastated. I recall a big box arriving addressed to me, containing presents, and samples of all Mum's goodies. This was just not fair. Suddenly, I realized there is only one place to be at Christmas.
Mum and Dad, and some of my siblings are no longer with us. They are however, and always will be, part of my reflections of what Christmas is all about. It is true, life must go on, and I thank God for the opportunity to experience that. In closing, I ask that you join me in remembering the oppressed, and the less fortunate in our world, and at the same time, take into consideration that Peace and Tranquility on the earth are the most precious and fragile gifts of all.
Merry Christmas one and all,
We are going to take a short break for the Christmas season on the web site. If you know of someone who reads the site, and if you might like to send them a short Christmas and holiday message, I encourage you to do that. It is as simple as clicking on the comments link under this message and following the few easy steps. This will be an excellent way to determine the volume of folks who read the page as well. I look forward to hearing from a good number of folks from across Canada and around the world. I will leave the page open for a few days, so again, I am looking forward to hearing from you. I will be back with a new posting on December 29, 2006.