Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Christmas in Geneva

Last night, my daughter Kristen and I walked the streets of Geneva, Switzerland and soaked up the festive spirit. At this time of the year, the city is lit up and decorated to perfection. The sights, the music, the roasting chestnuts. It felt magical.

As we walked near the lake and in the old town, Kristen, who is visiting from Toronto, Canada said, “Mom, it’s so pretty here. You and dad are lucky to live in a beautiful and peaceful city like Geneva.”

At this time of the year, the beauty that surrounds us, is not just on display to be admired or to buy something. It’s also here to remind us of others who are less fortunate. It’s here to remind us that peace can be found in every family, every community, every city and in every corner of the world.

In big or small ways, everyone can create a better world and reduce suffering. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or another tradition, it should be about giving, sharing and receiving.

For years, has supported the Girl Child Education Fund, a charity founded by nurses at the International Council of Nurses. The fund helps orphaned girls in developing countries receive primary and secondary education. And why daughters and not sons? Because when tragedy hits the family, girls are often taken out of education. Donations go towards their school fees, uniforms, shoes and books.

Girl Child Education Fund

During these special days, if you want to make a difference in the lives of those that are less fortunate than you, go to the bottom of the page on this post and click on the Girl Child Education Fund icon. Or please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

I wish you the best during the holiday season.

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  1. Lovely sentiments Julie! Thank you for all the posts throughout the year! Am looking forward to trying out some of your recipies during my down-time at Xmas! All the best to you and the family!

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