Merry Christmas to All
I’d like to wish all of you who visit this blog a very Merry Christmas.
Christmas is a very special time for me. Having grown up in Montreal, Quebec, I remember touring the halls of my public school as each class would sing Christmas Carols to each other. The city usually had a perfectly timed blizzard that would blanket the city and make all the Christmas lights twinkle.
I remember driving up to the Laurentians to cut down my very own Christmas tree – a Noble Fir.
My Mother who was originally from London, England would always serve us a Christmas dinner of Roast Beef and potatoes, capped off with a Fortnum & Mason Christmas Pudding, soaked in Brandy and served covered in Birds Custard.
As I write this post I’m listening to Christmas music from Sky.FM on i-Tunes in the most un-Christmas of cities Los Angeles. Today it was a cool 50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the sky was blue and the sun shone brightly. The rest of the nation was under a deep freeze of either snow or ice storms. Yet here on the left coast Christmas lights are everywhere and rollerbladers skate by wearing Santa hats.
This year, Christmas will be a difficult time for nearly 200,000 of us who work in the film and television industry all effected by the two month old Writers Guild strike. It is estimated that lost wages amount to about $350 million so far. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp estimates that the local impact to the city is about $959.8 million and rising. That’s a big lump of coal in our Christmas stockings!
Yet I feel thankful for all I have received from this great nation. My warmest holiday wishes and thanks goes out to all the men and women of the Unites States Military who are far from home. May you be safe and let us all have Peace on Earth.
Posted 1945PT 12/22/07