A Christmas Greeting For 2017

My Christmas greeting is a big Thank You to you, my readers, for motivating me to search for new and compelling topics each week, for keeping me on my toes, and staying conscious in my writing. I value your thoughtful comments, and occasional challenges.

You always let me know when I have piqued your interest, or inspired you, or expressed views that are different from yours. Thank you for your directness and honesty!

I started my 2016 writing immersed in the whirlwind of the American election, when a new government had taken hold, and frightened us all with its invective. And I got right into it too, as you can see from those January posts—but eventually I tried to move away from that focus, and present a more optimistic world view.

Some weeks I succeeded, and some weeks I didn’t, but I do know that as a result, I grew in my writing—hearing from you was a crucial part of that. You gave me the courage to move past my natural instinct to be cautious,  and dig in to some contentious issues.

My real pleasure, though, came from remembering the past, and writing about it. I’m amazed at your interest in these stories, and especially liked to hear that you had similar experiences. So I’ll continue to explore that thread.

Now, so close to Christmas, a season steeped in nostalgia, I find that I’m looking into the past again, wondering about its importance, and imagining a different future.

Here is a beautiful quote by an author who I can identify only with a name, since I can find no discernible history.

I’m including her words, which I love so much:

“Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”

Augusta E. Rundel

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15 Responses to A Christmas Greeting For 2017

  1. Beautiful quotation! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to another year of posts!

    • Still the Lucky Few says:

      Thank you, Maggie. May you have a great Christmas, and a New Year filled with everything you so richly wish for and deserve!

  2. Peter Jasmin says:

    As Bob Hope’s theme song goes: “Thanks for the memories” and many a wonderful and inspiring articles since 2016. Wishing you good health and safety for 2018. P&L

    • Still the Lucky Few says:

      Bob Hope was one of a kind, and so are you, Peter! Hope you have good health, and everything you wish for in 2018!

  3. Clive says:

    Thank you for all your well-informed and thoughtful posts, and here’s to many more. Happy Christmas, Diane. I hope you have a wonderful time.

  4. Lynne Spreen says:

    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful quote, Diane. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  5. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. All the best in 2018!

  6. Still the Lucky Few says:

    You too, Jean! I’m looking forward to your terrific posts in 2018!

  7. Rummuser says:

    Christmas for us started last night with the first visitor bringing gifts and the visitors continue. The children have now gone visiting leaving me to be the watchman at home!

    A merry Christmas to you and all members of your family.

  8. Still the Lucky Few says:

    For us, Christmas Eve (last night) is the start of the holidays, with families and friends gathering to have a drink and a little food. Going home, people might take a little drive around to see the lights in yards and in the city. The bustle of shopping has finally died down, and people are only concerned with spending time with each other. Traditions are similar in many cultures, I find! Enjoy the festivities, Rummuser!

  9. worzeloddii@gmail.com says:

    Merry Christmas Dianne, looking out at the snow, and thank you for your most literate and good humored posts- help me prepare for my golden years.Cheers to you and your in the new year.

    • Still the Lucky Few says:

      Merry Christmas, Worzeloddii! So far, it’s been a very good one, and now, I’m looking forward to the new year. People our age, I find, value the time, looking forward, appreciating every day. The snow has been a lovely experience, for sure!

  10. well, no doubt you can see, I’m a bit behind…but I did read your headlines in the email, but somehow forgot to ride over the actual page…

    it’s getting very close to 2018 in NZ so I will wish you a wonderful 2018…

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