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On this day a child was born

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 25 December 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

It is not about the new iPad, iPod,iPhone,iMac, or PS3, nor is it about the amount of food we will consume or throw away after a few days, it is not about how much money will be spent in the shops, or how the local economy might be temporarily boosted, neither is it about the new 42" plasma screen television, or the big label shoes and clothing, it is not about the consumption of alcohol, the big party or the wild dinner and dance, it is not about the commercial opportunities and corporate greed.
It is about a child, the new born, the new life, a celebration of over two thousand years of Christianity, a symbol of seemingly everlasting faith and belief.

It is about giving and sharing, it is about the family unit, it is about the more simple things that bring joy in life, it is all about giving to those who are less fortunate, it is about thinking and doing something about the homeless or sick and those without work, it is about benevolence and thinking of our fellow humans.

This picture is of children at Mortimer Primary School, South Shields giving their annual nativity play in Westoe Methodist Church, and was taken at the invitation of their headmaster. Processed in Nik Color Efex.

My family and I wish you all a joyous and happy Christmas Day.

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Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Curly!
May everybody remember your words and keep the spirit of the happy days.

25 Dec 2011 6:14am

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Really beautiful! Best wishes Curly

25 Dec 2011 6:24am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Wish you a happy holiday :)

25 Dec 2011 7:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Merry Christmas to you, too !

25 Dec 2011 8:31am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

Well said Curly! Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2011 9:05am

PATRICK from miramas, France

Merry Christmas to you and yours

25 Dec 2011 9:14am

Spike from Bristol, United Kingdom

Happy Christmas, Curly!

25 Dec 2011 10:09am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Happy Christmas to you and your family!
Beautiful picture.

25 Dec 2011 10:13am

tatar@y from France

Eh oui ... ainsi est faite la société de consommation !... ))
Belle journée de Noël.

25 Dec 2011 10:20am

Mandar from Kudal, India

Lovely Creation...Merry Christmas

25 Dec 2011 10:25am



25 Dec 2011 11:23am

Fraucha from Біла Церква, Ukraine

Merry Christmas Curly, I wish all the best for you !!


25 Dec 2011 11:33am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

That's the reason we celebrate, tomorrow I start to post a few pictures from a fest for the homeless here in Naha; that's what it's all about.

25 Dec 2011 11:39am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

And oh by the way those children were a beautiful lot.

25 Dec 2011 11:41am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice statement, often forgotten, happy christmas to you and your family sir.

25 Dec 2011 11:41am

Ank from Zwolle, Netherlands

I totally agree!
Very merry Christmas to you and your lovedones!

25 Dec 2011 12:11pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

from my home to yours - Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2011 12:18pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

A beautiful christmas image, very nice in this softness, Curly!

25 Dec 2011 12:19pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
Merry Christmas :)

25 Dec 2011 12:40pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful creation and a wonderful Christmas message. Love it. Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

25 Dec 2011 2:13pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

That's what is important today ! A new child is born 2000 years ago !! Merry Christmas to you Curly !

25 Dec 2011 4:17pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great image ! Best wishes Merry Christmas !!!

25 Dec 2011 4:24pm

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Well said and great photo! Merry Christmas Curly!

25 Dec 2011 4:30pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I wish you a Merry Christmas with your familly. Can these moments be sweet and joyful !

25 Dec 2011 5:08pm

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran


25 Dec 2011 6:15pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great message and lovely image! Have a blessed day!

25 Dec 2011 6:41pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful shot and commentary - Merry Christmas, Curly (&fam.)!

25 Dec 2011 7:07pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

25 Dec 2011 7:51pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Beautiful photo...Merry Christmas.

25 Dec 2011 8:20pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What lovely words, and a great photo to go with it

25 Dec 2011 8:25pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A very beautiful image and full of hope.! Merry Christmas.

25 Dec 2011 9:17pm

Hossein Farhadzadeh from Ahwaz, Iran

very nice!
Merry Christmas :)

25 Dec 2011 9:24pm

Zazza from Castellón, Spain

Merry Christmas... lovely blur effect.

25 Dec 2011 9:31pm

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2011 10:20pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Bless you, Curly, you put into beautiful prose, the feelings in my heart! Christmas is definitely about the Baby.

"Jesus is a reminder of God's enduring love for each of us.
We receive this gift with joy, knowing that God wrapped it in love and sealed it with grace." -upper room

26 Dec 2011 12:21am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

for you also a cheerful christmas

26 Dec 2011 4:43am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Wonderful picture Curly and beautiful words. I absolutely agree with you, it's about those simple things, giving and sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family and friends and close ones this festive season! Lovely picture and mood. Cheers n best wishes always!

26 Dec 2011 5:01am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


26 Dec 2011 10:56am

k@ from Paris, France

True words & a nicely done image to evocate the true spirit of Christmas, yes.

26 Dec 2011 2:09pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Félicitation pour ton spotlight!! très belle crêche vivante!!!

26 Dec 2011 2:37pm

@Martine: Merci beaucoup.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely sentiment........

26 Dec 2011 3:05pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love the softness of this image... Congratulations for the spotlight Curly, that was well deserved ! Have a nice evening :)

26 Dec 2011 4:12pm

@Tamara: Thank you Tamara.

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragend gemacht.
Glückwunsch zum Spotlight.

26 Dec 2011 4:40pm

@Heinz: Danke Heinz.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

congratulations! well deserved!

26 Dec 2011 5:09pm

@john4jack: Thanks Jack hope you had a great Christmas Day.

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Proficiat On the Spotlight
Well done!

26 Dec 2011 5:34pm

@Aly: Thank you very much.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

The spirit of christmas...Congratulations for the spolight...

26 Dec 2011 7:07pm

@Olivier: Thanks Olivier, it is so easy to miss the whole point of Christmas.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

enhorabuena amigo *****

26 Dec 2011 9:16pm

@Melocoton: Mucho gracias.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Awesome shot and words!

26 Dec 2011 10:15pm

@B. Thomas: I thought this was only an average picture "rescued" by some Photoshop skills, thanks Barbara.

Baldwin from Venezuela

Great picture. Congratulations on your spotlight !!

26 Dec 2011 11:51pm

@Baldwin: Thank you very much.

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Congrats on the spotlight!

27 Dec 2011 2:39am

@Christine Walsh: Thank you Christine.

myky from Ontario, Canada

Lovely ethereal quality to this image and words to live by! Congratulations on the spotlight and wishing you a holiday season of peace and joy!

27 Dec 2011 4:44am

@myky: Hope you had a great Christmas too.

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful image...Congratulations on spotlight !!

27 Dec 2011 6:04am

@PRASHANT: Thanks Prashant.

franz from Baden, Austria

congratulations, curly! antother spotlight to place under the christmas tree ;-))

27 Dec 2011 7:49am

@franz: Glad you like it Franz, it was a small church but a wonderful musical performance from the children.

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great image and mood!

27 Dec 2011 10:44am

@Francisco Romero: Gracias Francisco.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful capture and processing! Congrats on the Spotlight!
Happy Holidays!

27 Dec 2011 12:32pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you Don.

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, the perfect shot for this day - congrats on your Spotlight Curly

27 Dec 2011 1:48pm

@Roman: Thanks Roman, I decided to "dress this one up" in Photoshop in an attempt to disguise a lot of the heavy wood in the church.

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight! This is a beautifully done image for Christmas!

27 Dec 2011 3:58pm

@Bettina: Yes, I liked the idea of a light vignette and some softening and diffusion, glad you like it too.

hesam from mashhad, Iran

this is a perfect shot.. I LOVE it

27 Dec 2011 5:01pm

@hesam: Thank you, glad you like it.

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Very well deserved spotlight Curly, I love the crisp and soft image.

27 Dec 2011 6:38pm

@Hilde Morin: Crisp or soft? Cannot be both at the same time, anyway, I'm being pedantic. I'm glad that it has had an affect on you and that you like it so much.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What you said is so so true. It was perfect. Congratulations on the Spotlight!

27 Dec 2011 8:50pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Elaine - old fashioned values I suppose :-)

Guido from Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

I wish you Curly and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year ! And of course, congrats on the spotlight!

27 Dec 2011 8:51pm

@Guido: Thanks Guido.

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Congratulation Curly! Cheers!

28 Dec 2011 2:50pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Congratulations! Beautiful Christmas shot.

30 Dec 2011 7:55am

@Marilla: Thanks, glad you like it.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

31 Dec 2011 6:47am

@Magda: Thank you very much

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Congrats on your Spotlight!

2 Jan 2012 11:46am

@Stephen: Thank you Stephen

Bill Brown from California, United States

Congratulations for the spotlight!

2 Jan 2012 10:23pm

@Bill Brown: Thanks Bill

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Beautifully processed, perfect scene!

5 Jan 2012 8:18am

@Christine: Glad you like the treatment Christine

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Congratulations on spotlight !!!
Your message brought tears to my eyes.
A very deep message with real deep and true meaning.

5 Jan 2012 11:21am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Never thought my words and pictures were that profound, but I'm happy that you feel touched.

5 Jan 2012 12:18pm

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

a beautiful group portraiture......lovely soft light, colours & that soft edge vignetting........Congratz. on the Spotlight.

20 Jan 2012 5:46pm

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