Peace & Joy

A Time to Pause
Christmas is a special time of year for me, and I hope for you.

Yes, it is a hectic time in many ways. Shopping and travel are part of the season. Kids home from school, family time, Christmas decorations, and a Christmas tree. When I was growing up, I knew when my mother had come to her “I am finished” moment. After all her preparations were complete, she would hang a large red bow over the mirror in the dining room. Her moment of Christmas peace had arrived.

With these occasional notes, I reach out to you through our professional relationship. Christmas is when I can extend my personal best wishes to you and your family. I hope you will have times of peace and joy with those you love.

With memories of snow on the trees and a clear starlit night, these lyrics by Phillips Brooks come to mind.
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above the deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
Santa on the Charles River
Peace and Joy - Williams Advisory Partners
Each winter, Community Boating on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge displays Santa on his way to all good boys and girls who are sailors.

5 comments on “Peace and Joy”

  1. Rick, Thank you for the Christmas thoughts and wishes. I hope you all the best this season and into the New Year.


    Warren Radtke
    Confidential Adviser

  2. Wonderful picture of Santa on the Charles!
    Christmas is interesting, can be good but also questionable. Good in that it gets families together in good spirit, not so good in the intense drive it creates to rush and spend on gifts, most of which are never used, and the waste it produces in packaging.
    So, without hiring Williams Advisory, how does one choose between these alternatives, how does one balance these two, how does one instill some discipline within the family without hurting the joy, especially the joy of the children?
    And lastly, how does one extend this good familial and communal spirit, how does one carry it through to beyond the holidays?

  3. Dear Rick,
    Thank You for Your christmas greetings. Appreciated.
    Lyrics by Phillips Brooks - absolutely beautiful!
    I wish You a joyful & peaceful christmas & a happy new year!

    Kind regards
    Eva Frid
    Smaksked Skåne AB

  4. Rick,

    As 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, I am reminded of the Christmas truce of 1914 that involved upwards of perhaps 100,000 troops from both sides. A recent article from Military History describes the experience of one British soldier:

    "It was a Christmas card Christmas eve. There was white beautiful moonlight, frost on the ground — almost white everywhere. And round about — I should think 7 or 8 in the evening we heard this singing and a lot of commotion …. Then all of a sudden lights appeared all along the German trench and I thought ‘There’s a funny thing’ and then the German’s started singing ‘Stille nacht, heilige nacht’.

    “I woke up — well all the other sentries did the same thing — we all woke up the other people to come along and see this — what on earth’s going on. They finished their carol, we applauded them, then we thought we must retaliate in some way so we replied with ‘The First Noel’. When we finished they all began clapping then they struck up their other favourite carol of theirs ‘O Tannenbaum’ which is the same tune as ‘The Red Flag’.

    “So we went on, first the Germans singing one of their carols then we’d sing another of ours. Then we started up ‘O come all ye faithful’ and the Germans immediately joined in singing the same thing to the Latin words of ‘Adeste Fideles’. Well I thought this was rather an extraordinary thing really, to think of the two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war.”

    All the best,

    Steve Perry

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