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Final Post

Barring some momentous event that absolutely demands my immediate comment, this will probably be my last post before the New Year. I intend to take some time to spend with Maggie who is taking two weeks holidays starting today.

We have no major plans but we intend to do together whatever comes along.

It’s been an interesting year. Canadian politics from municipal to federal has never been more corrupt, inept or unethical; Rob Ford has become internationally famous for doing exactly what we usually condemn others for doing and in the best Roman emperor tradition, many of us fiddle while the city burns.

But, we can discuss it all next year. It’s Christmas and I’m not going to let any of that get in the way of celebrating it. I’m not even going to let all those folks who have turned Christmas into a kind of adolescent war get in the way. If someone wishes me a Happy Holiday, I fully intend to appreciate the sentiment, thank them and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Then, I intend to help my four-year old grandson play with as many of his new toys as possible on Christmas Day.

Hopefully, when I return in January, I will be refreshed, alert and slimmer. Ok, going for the slimmer thing may be pushing it a bit but two out of three wouldn’t be bad.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my regular readers for their support. This blog was started at the end of September 2011 and it took 22 months, almost two full years, to reach 1 million page views. Thanks to you, we are continuing to grow. and in 2013, A Bear’s Rant had more than 1.3 million page views since the beginning of last January. It is humbling to say the least and I appreciate the support you have given this blog. I’ve also enjoyed the discussion and debate many of you have provided. We haven’t always agreed but I have learned more than a few things as a result and I appreciate that too.

I want to thank you for that support and take this opportunity to wish each of you, and your families, a very Merry Christmas and success, health and happiness in the coming year. I hope to see you all then.

For those of you who are so inclined, I’ll leave you with this video of some of my favourite Christmas carols while I go and wrap Maggie’s gifts. I love Christmas. I love giving presents. I  hate wrapping them because I’m no good at it. Next year, I’m not buying any irregularly shaped gifts for anyone. Everybody gets a gift in the same size, square box with pre-measured wrapping paper.

Merry Christmas



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  • CanadaGoose1

    It must be my English roots but King’s College Choir does it for me, as it did for Smiley in one of the mini-series episodes of a Le Carré book.

    • MaggiesBear

      I grew up listening to and singing that music. It has a very strong pull on me. Merry Christmas

  • Janet

    Merry Christmas Sunshine and all the best in 2014 :)

    • MaggiesBear

      Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family