Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all blog readers and commenters out there (who celebrate this festive season). 

As has become a tradition on my blog, I again quote from one of my favourite Christmas carols,"It came upon the midnight clear" written by Edmund Sears in 1849 (thanks to Wikipedia).  The words remain as relevant and poignant now as they were when they were written.

"Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing."

As a counterpoint to all the tragedy and sadness which we all know about on such a regular basis, here is a part of the Desiderata ("Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things") which comes into my head every now and again.  It is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann - with thanks to Wikipedia again).

"...And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

It is still a beautiful world despite everything and there is a lot of good out there. 
The photo above was taken yesterday and shows my camellia Yoimachi flowering for the first time.
I hope that you have a lovely and peaceful Christmas and New Year.


  1. Just the kind of thing I need to read on Christmas morning, a reminder that there is still beauty in the world. Sometimes we get caught up in all the misery and forget the beauty.
    Enjoy Christmas whatever you are doing and look forward to reading more posts from you in 2018

    1. Thanks, Briony. Absolutely - it is easy to get bogged down in all the bad news reported on the news and in the newspapers.
      Have a lovely Christmas too. I hope 2018 is a good one for us all.
      Best wishes

  2. Beautiful.
    Thank you - and the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years to you and yours.

    1. Thanks, EC. It was a lovely surprise to find the flower open just in time for Christmas.
      I hope your Christmas and New Year are filled with enjoyment and happiness too.
      Best wishes