Christmas Reflection 2014

Christmas is coming up shortly and it’s the time of the

year where I like to reflect on the year – 2014.

I like to write a short list of things I’m grateful for.

1) Family and Friends.

2) Launching the “Don’t Be a Loser” video featuring The Wong Side of Life

characters (an anti bullying and Anti racism initiative) into schools.

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3) The success of The Joy House Film Festival, expanding into other

states and countries.

4) The birth of our art label – JoyJo art (with artist Joolie Green) at

Sweets and Art Atrium art galleries and then Hong Kong 2015.

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I also understand that Christmas is not a happy time for everyone.

For many it’s a time of loneliness, especially after yesterday’s

incident at Martin Place’s Lindt cafe. It’s a time to reflect, unite and

reach out to those who are suffering.

“Love, acceptance & respect”- This is what it means to be Australian.

 (The #illridewithyou hashtag is continuing to trend on Twitter

as a show of support for Muslim Australians after the siege at the Lindt cafe in

Sydney. The hashtag appears to have come from a Facebook post from Rachael

Jacobs who was riding on a train, and noticed a Muslim woman quietly take off

her head covering. In her post she said: “I ran after her at the train station. I said

‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u.” )


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I’ll always remember Ita Buttrose saying that a tradition in her family is to

always have a seat available at her dinner table for an unexpected guest who

may have no place to go to on Christmas day- a Christmas tradition in her



My Christmas tradition is to deliver books for children. This year not only

did we deliver books to The North Shore Hospital but also the Smith Family.

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There are many charities who need your help this time of year, so if you can’t

afford to give a book, donate your time to a good cause.



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Reindeer decorations made from left over cardboard & pegs



Marshmallow snowmen


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Baskets made from recycled bottle tops


rolling stones


Rolling Stones – rocks using PVA glue


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