Thursday, June 13, 2024

Happy Holidays

What’s your Christmas wish-list?

Farida Master

One of mine was to create a bit of magic so that our readers could partake in the festivity and good cheer of the Merry Season.

Fortunately, we had some amazing families on board who worked as Santa’s elves to deliver a glimmer of happiness through the pages of EastLife magazine. Starting with Sarah Blong who came up with the brilliant idea of bringing the sleigh out for a festive family photo-shoot. And voila! before we knew it, there was a winter wonderland magically created at Paradice Ice Skating.

Also getting into a jolly, good mood was the new Howick Local Board chair, Damian Light, who got the twinkling lights on, well in advance and shopped for Christmas jumpers despite his busy schedule; while Chris and Tony Bull pulled out all the Christmas family artefacts, including the good ole’ Santa and ingeniously constructed new décor for us.

The Christmas feature is not just about bells, buntings, and baubles, but about sharing some joie de vivre and blowing tinsel with happy tidings your way!

Sitting in well with our upbeat theme for the December issue is the bright-as-a-button model/songstress and cancer survivor Tamsyn Cornwall. Her story of resilience, survival and success is inspiring. When life gave her pain and suffering, she used it to tick one more box on her bucket list—to write music and release an album. A snapchat with the young ambassador for Bowel Cancer is the stuff Christmas stories are about—warm, fuzzy, and full of hope.

Also adding her brand of chutzpah is Danielle Fernandez who took off on a courageous creativity journey and found her true passion and calling in mainly mosaic. Her work of art has no boundaries as she goes at it hammer and tongs, to create things of beauty. A glimpse into her stained glass and tiled world, is food for the creative soul.

Christmas reminds us of how close we are to the year end. It’s time to take stock, reflect and express our gratitude for having made it safely through the year while so many didn’t, on various counts. Do take a moment to count your blessings.

On that note, here’s wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May you sparkle and shine your inner light and spread the love around.

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