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Wishing you the best of Christmas…

With the dawn rising today comes for me, a never-ending stream of tasks in preparation for Christmas celebrations… and there is much to be thankful for.  I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful friends and readers, many who’ve become like family, and of course, my incredible family. We’ve shared our joys and losses along with our triumphs and failures, and I like to think we’ve changed the world a little bit along the way.

Bob Hope once said:  “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” I completely agree. In fact, it is rarely gifts that are remembered from year to year -unless they exceptionally touch the heart- but it is those  brief moments of clarity when we let happiness take over without expectation or demand. The sight of children in awe of the real Christmas tree, with only lights on, prior to being decorated. The unexpected discovery of snow falling in the quiet of night. Christmas lights, the sound of carols…

From my home to yours, I wish you a very merry Christmas. I wish for you, peace in your heart, good health and happiness. May the world find a little more tolerance, patience and charity along the way…along with an appreciation of how lucky we really are to be able to share this special time with those we love.

Merry Christmas my friends, be well, be warm, and be happy! May the lights of home guide you safely through the season!



  1. Merry Christmas Laila.
    Thank you for your dedication to your craft and reminding us that it is the little things in life that mean the most.
    You make the world a better place for everyone!


  2. My Christmas joy is my little Granddaughter. Last year she was more excited, Santa ate his cookies and drank his milk. She was beside herself when, her Dad took her up the ladder and she saw? Santa’s reindeer ate all the hay, her Dad had put on the roof for them. Her gifts were very much secondary, to Santa and his reindeer. She wants to hide Santa’s cookies she helped bake, her Dad keeps eating them. She has been after her Dad for a month, to make sure he puts hay on the roof for Santa’s reindeer.

    I have never forgotten, your wonderful gift of soap you received. It was the thought, someone cared about you. That is the best gift of all.

    My first stop is always your web site. Have a wonderful x-mas with your family.


  3. Thank you Laila. Keep up the good work. I emailed Peter Fassbender after reading your report on new SFPR the other day to question him about “on time and on budget” pointing out the discrepancies in the numbers and dates but he never bothered to get back to me. Oh well. I guess he is busy. Lots of cheer from Vancouver Island. Merry Christmas


  4. Merry Christmas, Laila, and may 2014 be the best year ever. Without you there would be many more uninformed and misinformed British Columbians. I’ll be looking forward to your first blog of the new year, but hope you’ll take some time to rest and enjoy your family over this holiday season.


  5. Gary

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Laila, your forum always brings out the best in me. Don’t give up, change is going to happen and you have contributed to that change in way’s that words cannot describe. Again, Merry Christmas and God Bless.


  6. With the arrival of Boxing Day.. I hope everyone had a good Christmas yesterday! There was a lot of people in turkey coma last night, this house included 🙂


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