Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,
Another year closing; for some that feels great for others, they want to put on the brakes as time passed far too quickly to get all they had planned done. In these days leading up to Christmas, it sometimes feels like the holiday can't come soon enough. For the Roan Antelope Team, it has been an extremely busy and eventful year with many music concert tours and the release of new Cd’s, meeting new friends and sadly losing old ones. The list goes on and we can’t stop the clock. For an interesting overview of our eventful year visit our website www.johnedmond.co.za for news, views and pictures.
This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one and Christmas is a holiday with a beautiful spirit and traditions. One tradition is greeting each other with Merry Christmas wishes. The spirit of giving, expressing love and gratitude and a celebration of life help to make Christmas a very special time of year. Even if you are not a Christian, we can all enjoy the spirit of giving which is truly what this season is all about. “Tis the season to be jolly”, as they say! The practice of wishing others well on Christmas, whether it is with gifts, Christmas card wishes, Christmas quotes, Merry Christmas images or Christmas Eve wishes, is something which helps to give this time of year a special joyful feeling.
There is a beautiful saying “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter”.
So what will it be for you in your special country a hot sunshine summer Christmas or a cold, snowy wintery one?
Well, it’s obvious that our Roan Antelope Music Team will be celebrating a “Bush Christmas” to commemorate the birth of Christ.
It is fascinating once you start digging deeper to see the different ways that nations and countries celebrate Christmas, but certainly, one item that all seem to have in common is the Christmas tree; but let’s see how this all started.
Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries, it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.
Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850 and the tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington. Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature and 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry of which 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms and 77 million Christmas trees are planted each year. Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the White House lawn and with thanks to Thomas Edison’s assistants who came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees. Did you know in 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lit until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy and then Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons. Tinsel was also once banned by the government as tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic. (OK as long as it’s controlled)
But folks, whether you are celebrating Christmas and using all the symbolic doo daas to make this event special, let us not forget the true meaning of this special holy day.
John, Teresa and the Roan Antelope Team thank you all for your support during 2018, your mails, cards and good wishes. From a hot and sunny Limpopo province in South Africa, we wish you all a beautiful holiday with lots of cheers and gifts coming your way and that in this Christmas season your heart glows with cheer and may you have someone to kiss under the moon or mistletoe. May the stars shine upon you and your family and may you be blessed with health. May your Christmas spirit be bright like the Christmas lights on your tree and warm your hearts! May your home be filled with love, lights, music and singing.
Yours in Music always
John Teresa and Team