Christmas can mean a lot of things to different people. Australia is a multi-cultural society with people of different religions, race and cultures and these groups celebrate Christmas in different ways. My Christmas in 2016 will include a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and vegetable on Christmas Eve. This event is for immediate family that will include the opening of presents.
The following day being Christmas will include a gathering of around 30 relatives. Christmas lunch will be informal that will include, seafood, hot and cold meats, salads and all the trimmings including drinks and dessert. As there are so many relatives coming, we all take part in Secret Santa by spending a certain amount on one present each.
Christmas for me means sharing the good times with my family which is reducing each year as my mother, father, sister and husband have all passed away and I miss them dearly. I am fortunate though that I have a close relationship with my two sons, the cutest 5-year-old grandson, daughter
in-law and her family. I hasten to add that my family is now expanded to 3 beautiful and loving dogs and 1 gorgeous cat and who all get on well together.
So, what does Christmas mean for me? It is about the importance and value of family. In our lucky country, many people are not so lucky. There are those people who are without jobs, in ill health, the elderly without family and homeless people. There are those who are incarcerated and the mentally ill. Many of these people will not have a happy Christmas.
On the global scene, we have the continued tragedy of Syria and its people and I wonder how history will judge this mess which is of horrific proportions.
So, my message is to thank each and everyone one of our readers for your support during 2016 and let’s hope that 2017 sees more civility, kindness and humanity in 2017.
For SBAA, 2017 will be an enormous year as we head towards our Summit that will see the launch of
The Small Business Charter that will make a difference to small business in this country.
I wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Christmas including good health and happiness.
Founder and Director of
Small Business Association of Australia