"Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent." William Shakespeare
This is a time of the year for celebration, being with family, friends and enjoying the peace of companionship, giving and the joy of life. It’s the prelude of winter and the plenty of the harvest. Most all cultures celebrate life this time of the year. Each of us have our own special way though thousands of years of tradition.
Most important it is a time to be generous; a time to give of yourself to others. Thinking of how we would feel if we are less generous. Time to do a good turn, for someone, it doesn’t really matter who, thus doing a good turn for yourself. That’s the real beauty of this time of the year the gift of giving.
Be kind, smile and open a door for someone, sing, decorate, buy gifts and wrap them and then give them, send cards write letters sending a sentiment of wellbeing, and arrange connections with your friends and family for it’s so much easier today to connect with those that we love.
Don’t pass up the opportunity to spend time with others. There will be parties and celebrations all around and those are what makes this such a special time of the year. The Hungarian people truly love this time of the year and love their celebrations. You must indulge yourself here in Hungary and fully enjoy what is about to happen.
Don’t forget that in most all cultures this is a time to remember those we love and those that are missing in our lives; a time to light a candle for them for they made us who we are. They should not be forgotten and this is the time for remembrance. It is a good feeling and you will be truly blessed in that simple, but rewarding act to remember those that were special in your life and the days gone by.
One of the best parts of ushering in the new year is remembering the good times of the past year. Thank you for the productive, fun-filled, collaborative projects and hard work that you have given during this past semester.
This is the best of seasons and I wish for you on behalf of my staff, wonderful celebrations, peace and joy, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you be blessed with merriment felt by all those who you come in contact with and most of all with the love of those closest to you.
Prof. Dr. Mihály RÉGER
New Year’s Toast
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanac, 1755)