So it’s that time of year again to send out this Christmas message to all our friends. I want to thank you all for your support over the last year, and let you know that the card money this year went to the orphanage that our church, CoGS is supporting this year at Christmas. It’s a funny Christmas this year as our family have taken a chance to have a Christmas holiday together, something that may not happen again considering my career change next July! So it is from our cabin on our ship in the Gulf of Mexico that I write this note you. We are spending a week on a cruise visiting four ports and then next week a week in Florida. It seems slightly odd to spend so much money on a big family holiday at Christmas, when our thoughts may more appropriately turn to those who have nothing. This is driven home even more to me, as it seems excess is the name of the game when it comes to cruising. The whole system is geared towards how can the cruise line makes us feel happy, serve us, and of course release us from the burden of excess cash. Maybe this is what Christmas is every year, excess for the few. It is just that the few, are the people that we middle class, office workers in the west hang around with. Where as the majority of the worlds people, are the type of people that clean my cabin and serve my dinner. People with “strange” accents that spend months away from their family so when they can return home they can give them a better life.
When I started typing this note I had no idea what I was going to say, and I really didn’t mean for it to be down hearted. I’m not, trust me we are having a great time as a family, and I don’t believe God begrudges us one last chance to have this type of holiday as a family. But perhaps when we celebrate the birthday day of the God man who came to this earth for every man and women in a couple of days time, we (or a least I) should remember those who have little. Those who the idea of a holiday is completely our of their grasp, and a cruise in the western Caribbean may as well be the a cruise on the moon. I thank God for all that I have, and whatever your beliefs I am sure you to are grateful for what you have. So next time you feel the urge to donate to those who have less, don’t hold back, and I promise I won’t either. In the mean time have a great time celebrating the main mans birthday, as we will as well.