Time to look after the less fortunate
SUMMER officially commenced two weeks ago, but it seems like we have had summer weather for a lot longer than two weeks.
As Christmas rushes up to greet us, it means the shopping centres are very crowded as people try to escape the heat - oh, yes, and they are Christmas shopping as well.
And don't the shopping centres try to keep us in their shopping malls by playing songs over the internal speaker system so you can't escape the music.
Songs like: 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas', 'Jingle Bells' with Santa trudging through the snow and 'Frosty the Snow Man'.
I have always wondered why at this time of year we keep playing these traditional songs.
Why not something about Santa dressed in his stubbies and thongs pushing through the flooded waters in a dinghy?
What about a song that has Santa in board shorts with zinc cream across his nose bringing presents to children on his surf board?
Christmas in Australia is very much different to that in the Northern Hemisphere where all these traditions started and were bought to this country. Now more and more Australians have Christmas lunch in a park or on the beach or at an outback waterhole with their extended families where cricket and ball games are played.
For lunch, prawns, cold meats and salads are replacing the hot baked lunch and plum pudding.
Unfortunately, there are many people in our communities that do not get to enjoy Christmas time with all their family.
My thoughts are with those whose loved ones are serving overseas with the military in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The homeless, the elderly without family and those confined to hospital are those in our community who feel the loneliness of Christmas the most. Thankfully, there are those in our community who try to make Christmas time a joy for these people.
If you can help or spend time with someone not as fortunate as you then please do so. It will make a great difference to them.