What a way to start a new year. It is hard to believe that after such a quite and restful ride into 2013, we were suddenly confronted with ferocious bush fires in our home state of Tasmania, only to see similar bush fires start to pop up on Mainland Australia as well.
The devastation caused by such a natural disaster is incredible. However the sheer terror at the realisation that the Forcett fire – in the Southern part of the state of Tasmania – in the area of the Tasman Peninsula – meant that the only way in or out through the peninsula (other than by boat) was cut off to people trying to flee the ferocious fires was scary. This was obvious, but definitely shocking, as one never really thinks about this until faced with it directly in your line of sight.
For those people, families and pets trapped on the Peninsula during the bushfire that still is active today, I can only imagine what you are going through. Only imagine the pain, agony and despair at having lost everything which has happened to many people. I can only imagine the joy and happiness you must feel to be alive and have survived this great tragedy.
To date their are no reports of deaths due to the bushfire on the peninsula, even though over a hundred homes, businesses, and a school have been destroyed. Yet their are tales of survival, hope, loss and grief.
For us here living in a safer part of Tasmania, it has brought tears to our home, for people we know who have lost everything as well as tears for people who we do not know who have lost everything. It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions as friends find out their house survived against the odds as all other houses around them perished and other people we knew living a few streets away lost everything.
The community spirit that came alive at the beginning of this disaster that continues to shine through now is amazing. I am so proud to be a Tasmanian. As a home educator, we are working together with the wider Tasmanian Home Educating community to help out a fellow family who lost everything to the bush fires except themselves. Their home is completely gone, all their possession have gone up in smoke, but they are all alive and together, which is all that matters.
So as we rally around to offer them support and others too – who have been hardest hit by this disaster, we thank the wider universe for the good in our lives, for keeping us and everyone else safe in trying times, while we wait for the disaster to be over and for harmony to fall once again on our lovely state.
At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let’s raise our hopes in a confidant toast,
to the promise it ushers in.
May your battles be few, your pleasure many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.
May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.
– Author Unknown
May you bring happiness, love and fulfillment to all those who seek it.
Tradition is always something we try to hold on too. It links the past with the present and honours those who have been near and dear to us at some stage, by recreating memories that they once enjoyed with us and keeping them alive.
I remember as a child, waiting with sheer anticipation and excitement for the 1st of December to roll around. As this would be the day that we would always put the tree up . I recall the creation of our Christmas Tree, glistening with tinsel and decorated with ornaments, as the main symbol of the beginning to our Christmas Festivities.
And so it is now so many years later for my children, as they eagerly await the beginning of December in order to put their Christmas tree up. Each year they lovingly decorate it and as they do they discuss the memories they recall – that are associated with the ornaments, mementos and cards we happily tucked away last year, in order to decorate with again this year.
So with tradition in mind, today we set up the Christmas Tree and decorated the house for the start of what is our festive season. I say ‘our festive season’ as not everyone celebrates it, and definitely not everyone celebrates it the way we do. With emphasis on certain days, rather than others, and on creating memories rather than on just buying presents just because it is the Christmas Season.
So here is a glimpse into our Christmas Season.
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