Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas One and All


© irene waters 2015

I wish you a merry Christmas

I wish you a merry Christmas

I wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Our Australian Christmas is almost over as many in the world are just waking up to theirs. All over the world Christmas is being celebrated. It is a time to enjoy time with family and friends, too much food and the opening of presents.


© irene waters 2015


© irene waters 2015

The parties start from the beginning of November, most activities and work stop until the New Year and we launch into “the silly season.”


© irene waters 2015

The most joyous times are watching the excitement of the children as they see what Santa has brought them. The squeals of delight fill the air whilst Santa takes a rest from his hot journey south and relaxes under a palm tree.


© irene waters 2015


© irene waters 2015

The food is scrumptious and it is all too easy to overeat.


© irene waters 2015

And as Christmas night falls, we are happy, our tummys full, having added another Christmas to those that have already past. I hope you had a Christmas like this but a lot in the world are going hungry, are cold and lonely and live in conflicted areas. This does not mean that we should enjoy our Christmas any the less but we should spend some time giving thought to those that are not as fortunate. In particular I would like you to pray for peace for all men, irregardless of race or creed. I cannot express it better than Vince Gill who wrote:



Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Happy Christmas

  1. This is a beautiful post, Irene. I just can’t get over the fact that you are having Christmas in flip flops (see first picture). Happy New Year to you!

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    • Thank you Diane. For many years we stuck with the traditional English Christmas — totally unsuited for our climate — now everyone is outdoors, casually dressed, with prawns now as common as roast turkey. We used to dream of having your white Christmas. Hope it was a good one for you.


  2. Charli Mills says:

    Merry Christmas, Irene! Yes, let peace begin with each of us!

    Liked by 1 person

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