Winter Solstice

It’s the Winter Solstice. To be more precise, it’s at 1.30pm Monday, 21st December 2020.

Yes, incredibly already, the days are changing getting lighter earlier by around 3 minutes each morning from now on. Darkness is on its way out and with it I look forward to seeing the back of 2020. It’s the first (and only) time i’ve wished away the year.

As I sit in my cosy, festive house this evening with family and a few drinks, Christmas is approaching. Getting through the year, still healthy enough with a job still intact, I know I’m blessed. It’s been a tough year for many, especially those with businesses. The sacrifices made have been significant. For the rest of us, thinking back it’s hard to imagine how on 23rd March, a Prime Minister came on TV in a live unprecedented address and asked every resident of the UK to remain in their houses in lockdown for months! Who could even have thought that possible back in 2019. Liberties temporarily removed, it was kindness and volunteering which prevailed in 2020.

I’m all too aware from Blantyre Telegraph messages just how many people Blantyre lost due to Covid19 and my thoughts are with all those families. To everybody else, I hope 2020 has not been too difficult and we can all look forward to a brighter, more hopeful future in 2021.

“Wishing you peace, blessings and good health this Winter Solstice night!”

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  1. Thank you so much for your Christmas sentiment Paul, I too am thinking of all my Scottish relatives looking forward to Christmas together who now have only one day at Christmas to get together {I’m not sure of all your restrictions} especially my 96 year old Aunties, they live independently but will be really affected by the closing down of borders between houses! I will send flowers for sure, and call them, but wish there was more that could be done for house bound elders and disabled.

    Two of my children’s businesses were affected by Covid, but our New Zealand government came to the party and gave thousands of dollars to keep them afloat, we were truly blessed. But thinking of those who are struggling every day with job losses, home losses, family trouble is just heartbreaking, and I am reminded of our Prime Minister’s plea to “be kind”, and that is exactly what is needed, empathy, kindness to all those we know who are struggling around us.

    God bless Paul, for your continued amazing work on behalf of “Blantyre” my first home, my “Turangawaewae” ( Maori language), the place where I stood strong! I am so blessed, and God bless all of your readers this Christmas and into the new year, may it be a blessing.

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