Sunday, December 17, 2006

Season’s Greeting

Gaudete! Gaudete! “Rejoice!” is what the old hymn tells us. Take up the feeling of joy in what the world brings us.

You’ve brought pleasure and delight to my life through your participation in it. This past year, you have contributed to a year’s worth of adventures, visits, programs, conversations, arguments, developments, successes; an entire 12 months of joy and – I hope – a little grace under pressure.

I am grateful for the work, the relationships, the collegial enjoyment of many hours spent with fellow professionals, friends and family.

Humorist and cartoonist Kin Hubbard said that next to a circus, there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. Better to remember what Charles Dickens wrote. “Keep Christmas in your heart all year long.” Maintain a spirit of giving. A sense of good will towards all men and women.

My personal thanks to you. My heartfelt best wishes for a world full of joy this season and for the year ahead.

Thanks and special wishes to Gayle Smith for this year’s illustration, and to Paul Leigh for constructing this year's electronic greeting card.


Philippe Holtzweiler said...

Many thanks for your beautifully illustrated Seasons Greetings (and, of course, for the sehr herzlichen und gut geschriebenen Text).

Our Christmas card is still in the making. This the kind of job which gets shuffled around until somebody feels that the absolute neccessity of it is just around the corner...(you'll get it in due course, probably some time in January).

Anyway, the Christmas feeling is not easy to set in this year. I still have 2 roses blooming on the rose bush in front of the agency and last weeek, you just could do 'la spesa di Natale' (I'm making good progress at learning Italian) in an a tee or polo shirt - quite usual in Houston, but very unsettling in the normally snowclad Black Forest.

All my best wishes to Barbara and to you, hoping both of you will have a great time in Istambul and a very enjoyable 2007.

Viele Grüße aus Freiburg.

Sunil Shibad said...

Dear Richard, May you have a Merry Christmas and an Incredible 2007.

May the New Year see us meet at last. In America or India or the Moon. My best wishes to you and all at home.

Warm regards, Sunil.

Adam Halpern said...

You an obviously a big man with an even bigger heart.

Kipp Miller said...

Richard, we haven't spoke for weeks on end but everyday a thought I send in ether-air:
"How are you, friend?"

I hope all is well with you. Talk with you in the new year, if not before!

Ellen Goldberg said...

What a lovely message. Howard and I wish you and your family a year of good health(!), happiness, success and peace--both personal and world-wide.

Warm regards, Ellen.

Eric Morgenstern said...

Happy Holidays, Richard....cheers!

Barbara Pflughaupt said...

And to you, Richard, and all of those who share the boards here. Happy and healthy holidays and may the New Year bring good health and great joy to all!

David Starr said...

Richard, thank you for your wishes. Best of the holidays to you. Peace, Shalom and blessings to you and your family,

Susan Reeves said...

What a lovely card Richard. Thank you. Have a wonderful time during your traveling holiday. Merry Christmas, Susan.

Nancy Weekly said...

Hello from Austin. Sounds like you're doing well. I've had an insane year and can't wait for it to be over. Next year is going to be a good one! Happy holidays!--Nancy.

Melanie Brenneman said...

Richard, what a lovely holiday greeting! Best wishes to you as well.

Bill Large said...

Well said, Your Tallness. Right back at you.

Bill Holicek said...

Richard: Thank you for the heartfelt Christmas greeting! I feel honored to be among your professional friends. You are undoubtedly my most literate -- and tallest -- colleague.

I wish you continued success in our crazy business.

Steve Collier said...

Thanks for the great JOY card. I am trying to get something out. Don't know if it will be as good as yours.

Kathy Ellis said...

Hi Richard: Thank you for such a lovely message. Hope 2007 is even more fabulous for you!!!