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Christmas images from Australia

Christmas ceremony suggests three things. Firstly, that this particular event is very important as it was for our great grandparents back in Europe.
Christmas ceremony suggests three things. Firstly, that this particular event is very important as it was for our great grandparents back in Europe.
Secondly, it commonly needs the support of images from the past, flowers from Australian Christmas tree
Secondly, it commonly needs the support of images from the past, flowers from Australian Christmas tree
 Thirdly we need a quiet place to contemplate and reflect
Thirdly we need a quiet place to contemplate and reflect
on a balmy Christmas evening.
on a balmy Christmas evening.
 We talk about the past, comment on present and make plans for our future.
We talk about the past, comment on present and make plans for our future.
We sit there until the sunset.
We sit there until the sunset.
Until the first Christmas star appears on the sky.
Until the first Christmas star appears on the sky.
Until it is completely dark.
Until it is completely dark.
Then our Australian Christmas angel appears in the bush and we kiss each other and wish; 'Merry Christmas'.
Then our Australian Christmas angel appears in the bush and we kiss each other and wish; 'Merry Christmas'.
In the morning we wake up in our beach weekend house.
In the morning we wake up in our beach weekend house.
We share a piece of chocolate
We share a piece of chocolate
smell a rose
smell a rose
and share a piece of nut
and share a piece of nut
Two lovebirds appears in the bushes near our window and we feel the love
Two lovebirds appears in the bushes near our window and we feel the love
We see the endless beach from our window
We see the endless beach from our window
We pack the water and basic food and aim for our Christmas Island
We pack the water and basic food and aim for our Christmas Island
without human footprints
without human footprints
a friendly seal come to greet us. The island is his home.
a friendly seal come to greet us. The island is his home.
seals greet us and let us stay
seals greet us and let us stay
in their Christmas paradise
in their Christmas paradise
and here we spend our Christmas Day
and here we spend our Christmas Day

A CELEBRATION OF HUMAN SPIRIT IN 2009

Christmas is here
again


those gaudy Christmas decorations in the stores
from the early November
the marketing blitz
with colourful dose of good cheer
and cheating us of our hard earned money
just like every year

It invites us to indulge
and we do
in the commercialism of another festive season
just like before
did you say?
You can not afford it this year.


It invites us to get together
as a family
and share great food, too much wine
today’s events and tomorrow’s plans
and old stories that mysteriously expand
in details over the years.
Did you say?
You can not cope with family gatherings,
those false smiles and awkward greetings,
differences of opinion
downright dislike
the difficulty of keeping the peace.


It invites us to pray in church
‘celebrate the birth of Jesus’
a sense of mystery, a sense of glory
surrounds us
religious ceremonies invite us
to contemplate
to believe in a miracle
to be good enough to be reborn again,
to cheat death.

Christmas is here
again



Let’s celebrate life,
the primary aim of all beings
to cherish and sustain
that blood flow
through us

All religions
in their best incarnation
teach and guide us
that our own personal desire
for life
does no hinder the life
of others
listen to their teachings
their desire to have life
for all beings
flow in harmony
with each other.

Let not the fox hunt the rabbit,
nor one man slay another,
may the lion lie down
with the lamb.
Did you say?
You can not go to church.
You do not believe in religions,
and how sad it is
that after hundreds of years,
centuries even
of animosity
between the followers and sects,
religious leaders
still preach about differences
there is still no sign
of coming together
under one banner of peace.

Yet Christmas is here
again

Let’s celebrate life,
it is open invitation
to everyone

An invitation to wonder,
a sense of mystery
around Christmas event
is just part of our human thirst
for meaning.
This event deserves at least
a few minutes of silence,
contemplation.
A ceremony is an invitation
to consider:
‘ What does this mean for me?’

Let’s follow me,

I invite you for a taste

of my Australian Christmas,

salty taste in your mouth,
a bright sky,
open space
and endless ocean with huge waves…

Imagine that you are floating
over the waves
just beyond the breakers at the beach.
You can see the wave coming
/like the wave of anger
or disappointment or hurt/.
Feel yourself just drift up
over the face of the wave
and glide down
the other side.
Trying to stop the wave
will only result
in you
getting dumped.

Just let be and let it pass.

You can not change the world.
What you can change
is how you are.

Connect with your own values.
Gentleness, respect, integrity, love.
Yes, you may feel infuriated,
sad or anxious,
but stay true,
who you are.


Christmas is here
again


Our Christmas ritual is evolving thing
and I think
that’s part of its appeal.
Now we do it differently.
Establishing our own tradition
for our own children
to build on
when it’s their turn.

For us,
who’ve lost their parents
or
see the years beginning to take their toll.
We feel the urgency,
to savor every moment
we understand
why
the lonely
made to fell even more alone
by the festivities.

Let’s think about others
less fortunate than us
the refugees caught in limbo,
terminal patients in hospitals,
families doing it tough
Let’s be conscious
of the pain of others
There are so many of them
worse off than us.

Let’s share the festive meal
all around
the abundance of food and drinks
make us just more full than alive

Take a time to eat
one little piece
of nut
admire its texture
rub it against your skin
smell the earthly aroma
savour it’s taste on your tongue

So little is required

to give symbolic meaning
to your everyday routine,
there is no need
for elegantly wrapped
packages of money,
just your blood, sweat, tears
and a lots of love.
Listen to your heart.
It will tell you
how to do it right.
Make this Christmas
a living ceremony,
a celebration of human spirit
whatever is your beliefs,
values and aspiration.
Not a dead ritual.

Christmas is here
again


Did you say,
you have nothing to celebrate?

Then just pack up
and go for a holiday.



MERRY CHRISTMAS

TO YOU ALL

JUST FEW MORE DAYS

TO GO

IF YOU AGREE

WITH A BITTERSWEET TASTE

CHRISTMAS HAS FOR US

NOWADAYS

PLEASE

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ON MY BLOG:

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

TO YOU ALL












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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Thank you for the inspiring thoughts you shared through your photos and words. I wish you very Merry Christmas.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

A lovely Christmas thought and so true. I am another who has opted out of the traditional "spend-spend-spend" season and has for years. Instead, I like to make a nice meal and spend the time with whomever is around. Your thoughts rang a bell in me, states my feelings about the holiday perfectly. Best wishes, Lynda


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nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Thank you for these nice words and the beautiful photos. Merry Christmas to you and to your friends!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear blog friends for your sincere comments. Merry Christmas to you all. Beata


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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I forgot that Christmas is in the summer over there. Thanks for the Christmas beach party information.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Carol, thank you for visiting me. All the best from Beata


you suggest one 6 years ago

If only religeous leaders used the same reasoning that most ordinary people do maybe the world would be a much safer place.The waves you speak of once rolled over me in the form of a huge rock which carried me to an after life from which I was made to return,this was the cause of much consternation in my life.Yesterday I along with my family and friends Buried my younger brother and after reading your thoughts today made me realise how insignificant we really are,nothing is more important than family.politics,religeon,self importance and worldly possessions come very low on the list.Thank you Beata,you helped me through a very bad day,Tony Martin.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Tony, reading your words made made my heart bleeds and I feel honoured that my words were able to help you...life is not easy, but not one promised us to be easy, so we just have to try to 'swim through it as best as we can' and we connect with right people along the way, our swimming, travelling whatever you call it through our life is easier. Think of you and wishing you all the best from Beata


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone on hubpage and foyful festive season for everyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas around the world, I have written this hub one year ago but I still feel it is relevant just as it has been written yesterday:)


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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India

Merry Christmas Beata. Very nice hub...the perception about all religions,the desire ... the outlook ... wonderful ... i liked it... enjoyed it. Thanks.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it my fellow hubber and 'Merry Christmas' to you as well:)

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