I’d like to wish the whole community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (and for those who do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you seasons greetings also for whichever holiday you observe at this time of year, Hannuka or Yule to name just two).
I would like to take a moment to say something important. Christmas is considered a time to spend with family, and for those of us who are involved with family it is very special, and for those of us who used to be it can sometimes be painful as well as joyful. So if you’re in a happy and strong relationship, give thanks to God for the wonderful gift of love you have, and cherish every moment you spend with that person, make each Christmas special. For those whose relationships are in the past, give thanks to God that you had the chance to experience such love, I know it hurts when you’re no longer with him or her, and that such a loss is felt more keenly at a time such as this, but it is better to have lost such a love than to have never had it to begin with. My thoughts and prayers are with you, for I am one of you.
God bless this community and all the wonderful people within it. I have come to know so many good people over this last year, and I’d like to take this chance to say thank you to each of them for their valuable contributions to the movement.
Special thanks go to the following people:
Cristina Shy (Lilysgardener, FB and KS) – For your continued close friendship and support over this year. Love you to bits, enjoy your Christmas.
Keith Pullman (Full Marriage Equality, FB and KS) – You’ve been a source of inspiration and encouragement throughout the year, thank you.
Finn Manfredsen (The Final Manifesto, FB and KS)- Although you’ve been largely absent due to other commitments, you inspired me greatly in the short time we spoke, thank you. You’re missed and we will welcome your return when possible.
Stefan (Ally on e-mail and regular commenter here) – For your help in finding a suitable forum provider for new KS and your continued support and friendship, thanks.
Richard (Ally on e-mail) – For your efforts with the Scottish Petition and your friendship, thanks.
Johnbob (Ally on KS and regular commenter here) – For your support and bright suggestions through the year, and your support of Monica and Caleb, thank you.
Sleepingrain (Ally on KS) – For your friendship and bright ideas, thank you.
Also thanks go to all followers of this blog, my youtube channel and podcast, simply for being there and supporting the cause.
All of you wonderful people make this community what it is, a truly safe space for consangs, and a supportive and wonderful environment. It’s an honour and a priviledge to help represent and serve you, and provide educational materials for the public. This community means the world to me, it’s a home other than home, we’re all one family, we’re the consang community, united by the nature of our love.
So this Christmas, think about all the people in the community who have made a difference in your life, in even the smallest ways. It’s the season not just of celebration, but of appreciation of what we have in life and what we can contribute. God be with you all and enjoy your holidays.