Every year, Riverview Church hosts one of the most spectacular Christmas Concerts I have ever witnessed. And with every concert, I have walked away with a single memory of an awesome Christmas song which has been given a refreshing new appeal. This year was no exception, with an opening song using one of my more favorite genres and video backdrop. It as if this song was made just for me! #wishfulthinking
Tickets for this event are free, however it requires booking. This year, all concert tickets are ‘sold out’, but I would strongly recommend you add this to your calendar of events for next year.
If you missed this year’s performance, I hope the photos and video we captured will highlight some of the awesome moments we saw.
Outside of that, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
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The history of Christmas is fascinating. Had it not been for the major event that took place about 2 thousand years ago, we would not be having Christmas. Technically, it was not until 200 year after the birth of Jesus that Christmas was created. Up until then, Paul was having a pretty tough time gathering evidence and putting it together in a book called ‘The Bible’….a book which became a Best Seller for many years after it was printed.
Oddly enough, Santa Clause, did not make his debut until the 17th/18th century. There are some stories that describe kids putting up stockings for a ‘patron’ to visit them on Christmas Eve. However in 1930’s, Coca Cola published an image of Santa which started an Urban Myth that Santa was originally created by the Coca Cola Company. Notably, other drink companies also used similar images but unfortunately for many parents today – the myth of Santa became real with kids soon expecting to find a present from him under the tree.
With Santa now in full swing, kids began to catch on to the idea of writing a Christmas wish. Initially I believe parents would use the ‘naughty or nice’ list as a means to keep the kids ‘in check’. However, as the years roll over, that list soon becomes part of folklore and kids (no matter naughty or nice) soon found that their were presents under the tree.
Of course, marketing and media began promoting this new concept which significantly helped stores improve in sales. And little meager lists soon began to morph into more extravagant requests…with kids quickly learning that if they put that PlayStation on the list….chances are they will get it!
In a space of less than 100 years, we have transformed the true meaning of Christmas into a request of ‘Wants’. No longer do you see the ‘Merry’, ‘Joy’, ‘Happy’ or ‘Peace’ during Christmas as people shove, push and edge others out their way while on the Christmas Shopping List Hunt.
And you don’t see any peace after Christmas either, as people look at credit cards and depleted savings … leaving them to wonder how long it will take for them to get back to norm. Of course, statistically speaking, they will take a year to recover and then revisit the whole experience ……………. AGAIN!
Another characteristics that seems to have faded into the past is ‘Gratefulness’… as you watch kids open presents and throw tantrums because it was not the present they wanted. We have successful transformed kids into ‘Consumer Monsters’ with parents running ragged to ensure they can have some ‘Peace’ in the home!
Of course, adults can’t be left off the hook that easy either as we add bait to the hook with a few bribes here and there. While we may point fingers at ungrateful kids, we can also point fingers at ungrateful adults whom receive presents and quickly make a few critical remarks which follow in the lines of “Isn’t this a gift we gave them last year?” or “a Christmas jersey…Greeeeeeeeeeeeat…put that in the Salvo’s bin come January”! I remember a time when I only had $20.00 left to buy food. I spent half of it on presents, only to see a very ungrateful reaction which made me question the whole ‘giving at Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Lunch’.
For the past few years I have turned my profile pic into a Grinch during Christmas. And lately have been receiving a lot of slack about stating that I was going to make a Wanted poster for SANTA … telling the kids that he has been arrested for Home invasion and is now in prison…. so no presents under the tree.
The truth is, as much as I love Christmas for what it was … I also hate Christmas for what it has become. We are no longer celebrating the true meaning of the day…or reflecting on Merry, Joy, Happy or Peace. Christmas mornings are filled with grumpy, disappointed children/adults. This is followed by a lunch which erupts in a Mini-World War. And the day finishes with a few snide remarks to those closest to you as a means to lick your wounds and recover … only to abuse yourself one more time the following year. That Christmas magic is all but gone and I wonder if this magic is tied to the true spirit of Christmas?
Needless to say, my kids have presents under the tree. We all work hard during the year, with kids being part of the team and household. Gifts are focused on things they need which included clothing, deodorant, pens for school and other practical gifts which often filled the wrapping papers 30 odd years ago. There are no PlayStations, IPads, or other such pricey products to be found under our tree!
The traditional lunch is no longer part of the equation…and turkey/chicken have been subsisted with sandwiches, salad and a trip to the beach. By focusing on doing a little something we all enjoy, which includes watching an old video, swimming, kayaking, or playing a board game – we now celebrate Christmas the way it was meant to be…
JOY, HAPPY, MERRY AND PEACEFUL
So with that being said…If you found this Christmas just a little more pressure and stress than the one in the past- I hope I have inspired you to make a few changes so that you can have a Christmas you want….! However… in the mean time
From our family to yours
We Wish you a Very Merry Christmas…. with added Joy, Happy and Peace! 😉
It is August and this is the perfect time of the year where fields and farms ripple with hues of yellow.
However, travel inland to the Wheatbelt terrain, and more importantly, to Wongan Hills, and you will be wowed with contrast of colors from yellows to greens.
If you are lucky, you have have a cloudy day which means the yellows are brighter with a grey-like backdrop.
The road to Wongan Hills is fairly quite. Most farms are closed to the public, however you may find a few roads that will lead up between canola fields giving you the opportunity to capture a picture perfect moment.
Of course, yellow canola flowers attract bees. So if you decided to stand among the flowers for a selfie moment, you may be accompanied by a few unexpected (and possibly territorial) natives.
The fragrance that is released into the air is definitely scrumptious. To me, it smelt like honey which I could taste with every breath I took. Who needs to eat when you are breathing in food ? [edible air]
The drive to Wongan Hills will take you at least two hours. And the best time to visit is during August and possible September. You can travel through Northam, however keep a watch out for the signage that says – Wongan Hills TURN left.
I seemed to have missed this one….which is another story for another day.