by Luz Besanes Press
Christmas 2013 - Vangie. Minda. Marie. Frances. Luz. Alma and Mae.
Oh, what a blessed day, Christmas in Australia and around the world - a great celebration indeed.
Christmas bells are ringing - its Christmas time again. As we look around, we could see beautiful decors, Christmas carols, beautiful lights in bright colours, Christmas trees, in malls and in private houses too - just around the corner. It just all looked elegant.
For others, it is holiday time within Australia or overseas. Whatever the plans for each family, I think it is all about celebration.
Christmas in Australia is full of fun. It is summer time - so warm indeed. Most people chose to have cold cut meats, cold drinks, seafoods, salads among others. There are dance parties, opening of gifts, swimming in beaches, public and private swimming pools. Oh, what a life!!!
Lismore has always its unique way of celebrating Christmas. There is in Trinity Drive the yearly spectacular streets of houses that were lit up for Christmas from 13th to 24th December - from 7:45-9:45pm. Santa and his helpers visit every night handing out good cheer and lollies both for kids, young people and young at heart. Gold coin donations are collected that support the community rescue helicopter. It is a great night to get into Christmas spirit. People far and wide are always looking forward watching the glittering lights as if telling you, “Merry Christmas my friends”.
On 15th December - there was the Lismore Carols by Candlelight from 6:00-9:00pm held at Oakes Oval, Magellan Street. There were entertainments from local artists, special visit by Big Dog and Santa and the evening finishes with the fireworks display. Food and beverages were being served - buy your own, entry by donation with all proceeds to the Westpac Helicopter Rescue.
On 23rd December was the yearly Lismore Cup Race Day at the Lismore Turf Club, North Lismore. It was a whole day celebration. Smorgasboard luncheon were being served - Seafood, Steak and Chicken options at a very reasonable price.
The Filipino group in Lismore had a food stall in the Lismore Showground and proceeds goes to the Haiyan victims in the Philippines while the Filipinos in Casino did the carolling where friends gave money for the same cause. I think this is the true Australian spirit - supporting each other.
In the Lismore Baptist Church, we also had our yearly spectacular shared lunch - cold cut meats, salads, cold drinks, Christmas pudding among others right after the Service. Each member was assigned on what to bring.
In the Catholic Church - people had attended Mass as well.
The message of Christmas is when God sent His Only Son Jesus Christ, born in a manger, died and rose again so that we might live. It is for that great love that His Blood was shed for you and me. Praise God.
Wishing everyone the best not only in 2014 but for the coming years ahead.