“Now is the season of 'good cheer' when people step back, take a few breaths, and spend time with family and friends. I have at last arrived back at home in Bournemouth to be with my sister Judy, her daughter Pip, and her grandchildren, 14-year-old Alex and 13-year-old Nickolai. And, of course, the three dogs: Charlie, Calie Grace and Henry Bean. We will then be joined by my granddaughter Angel with two friends from Tanzania, and Judy's other daughter, Emma, with her two dogs! It will be fun — but utterly chaotic!
From this much-loved house where I grew up, I want to wish everybody a wonderful time with your family and friends, including those with fur or feathers. I hope you all find spiritual peace and strength to be ready for the new year that is almost upon us.
2014 is when I shall complete my 80th year on Planet Earth. There is still so much left for me to do. I cannot do it alone, but I can assure you that, as I travel around the world, I meet more and more and more people who understand the urgency of our mission: to change attitudes, banish complacency — or despair — roll up our sleeves, and join hands to make the world a better place for all.
And so, I repeat, have a wonderful few days. Above all, try to have a lot of FUN. Play a lot and laugh a lot.
This comes to you in hope, peace and love.
MERRY CHRISTMAS. HAPPY NEW YEAR. HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY.”