Happy Holidays

Christmas is soon approaching and with that a time of sharing, love and appreciation. For most people it’s a time of gathering and reconnecting, a time for the family, a time when we put aside old conflicts and show compassion and care for each other instead. Christmas is also celebration and good food, presents, the glow in the eyes of children, singing, excitement, relaxation, good company and prayer and spirituality.

At the same time Christmas is one of the toughest times for those who have no family, for those who live on the fringes of the regular society, for those who cannot afford presents to their children, for those who live in despair, for those who starve—for all those for which Christmas is a reminder of all what they don’t have. We who have may use Christmas to somehow show compassion and love for those who don’t have. That would really be within the notion of what Christmas is supposed to be. I would like to challenge you all—and myself included—to do at least one good deed, and it doesn’t have to be big, that will make one or more of those for which Christmas is a hard time, feel somewhat part of the celebration, feel somewhat part of the sharing that Christmas is suppose to be.

On a personal level I will use the opportunity to thank everybody of you, who have followed this blog and given feedback and tremendous support, who have given so much of yourselves through my blog. You have truly inspired me to keep posting and make me feel what I am doing is appreciated and more than just scribbles for myself.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

72 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Merry Christmas! You’re so right to remember the people who have a hard time dealing with holidays. Sometimes the best thing to give someone is a smile and understanding.

  2. Happy Holidays, Otto, thank you for sharing your photos and your thoughts, and it is indeed the time to remind ourselves to be generous with our time and contributions.
    (One quick edit to fix a typo: “at least one good deed,” I don’t think we should be killing anything but a bottle of wine! 🙂 )

  3. A wonderful thought, Otto, and truly in the spirit of Christmas. I will try to make someone’s life better this Christmas. 🙂 🙂 I love your image too. May I wish you and family much joy in the days ahead.

  4. Otto, thank you for this very thought provoking post. We often forget how hard this time of year is for millions of people who have so little. I have already started doing some good deeds and donations to the homeless in our town. I guess every little helps. I am looking forward to have a family gathering and particularly having my children visiting. Merry Christmas to you and your family😄

  5. I share your thoughts and feelings totally Otto. Thank you also for your thought-provoking posts throughout the year and for your helpful observations on my pictures.
    Best wishes to you for the festive season and the coming year.

  6. Thank you, Otto, and may you and your family have an enjoyable festive season and some quality time together. I have enjoyed your posts enormously and continue to gain inspiration and ideas from all those posts – words and images – despite minimal photography these days.

    For me, Christmas is a time to spend on the internet with my overseas friends with chronic severe illness – housebound and even, bedbound. I know some very lonely people, for whom, Christmas is a time of sadness at all the quality of life they have lost and had to only dream about for 20, 30 or more years. They’ve lost partners, family, quality of life and the ability to engage in normal activities, a job/career and so much more. Many are destitute and living below the poverty line. So while I will spend a short time with family, I really like to communicate with the ‘lost souls’ whom no one sees or cares about – the invisible people.

  7. This was such a lovely post, dear Otto, and for sure you go through life remembering to speak kind words not only to your students and peers and loved ones but also to those often-unseen servers.

    A lone man cleans the streets at night. He picks up trash people toss, and his is a thankless job and few people even know he’s there at night and pushing a bulky cart on two wheels. I gave him a dollar (coin) which shocked him, and I said, ‘Thank you for what you do each night…” Then I reached home and later read your post. THEN I wanted to race down the streets and give him a bit more!

    Thank you for influencing others in small and large ways! Feliz Navidad!

  8. Best wishes for you and your loved ones at Christmas. I hope it is all you hope it will be and all it is meant to be.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photographs. You help to inspire me and for that I am grateful.

  9. You certainly practice what you preach, Otto. Your encouragement and sharing of perspectives and techniques obviously have helped innumerable people, and I’m glad to be one of them. You do a fine job of making clear how the camera can open different worlds, so in the spirit of cultural boundary-crossing, I’ll just say God Jul og a Godt Nytt År!

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