Another Christmas tradition that I have acquired over the years is watching the Queen’s Christmas message. I have a connection to the Commonwealth, and though American, later came to have great respect for Queen Elizabeth and the role she plays not only in the Commonwealth, but in the world generally. For almost 60 years, she has stood steadfastly as a symbol of tolerance, dignity and shared humanity in a world that has experienced dramatic cultural and technological change as well as much trauma and suffering.
Every year on Christmas Day, a short message from the Queen is broadcast throughout the Commonwealth. It is an occasion for people to reflect on the events of the past year, on the blessings of family and on the hope of a better future – and on the role each of us can play in creating that future. Like the broadcast from King’s College that I blogged about yesterday, it is also an opportunity for people the world over to contemplate their shared citizenship on this globe, as well as their common humanity during the Christmas season.
Below is a video of last year’s Christmas message. This year’s will be available on the Internet tomorrow from a variety of sources.
Happy Christmas! (as the Brits would say)