Holiday Greetings

Monday, December 23, 2013


TO:  All Members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Coast Guard

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  It was 50 years ago in 1963,
that two men wrote a song that is still listened to by many of us at
this time of year.  “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was
originally written by Edward Pola and George Wyle and was popularized by
Andy Williams as a Christmas song.  However, the title and the thoughts
send a message much more ecumenical than just one holiday.  The message
resonates with all of us who have celebrations whether divine or secular
in nature at this time of year.

There are a large number of celebrations that take place during this
season.  Some celebrate people, some celebrate significant events, and
some celebrate divine entities. The giving of gifts is part of some
celebrations while giving of service is included in others.  Some
celebrations have been traditional for thousands of years and some for
less than half a century.

The universal message that resonates through all of these seasonal
celebrations is the sentiment of peace and good will.  None of them
celebrate violence or hatred.  That is what makes this truly the most
wonderful time of the year.

At this time Wanda and I would like to wish all Auxiliarists and other
members of the Coast Guard family Happy Holidays.  In so doing we refer
to all holidays celebrated during this – the most wonderful time of the
year. We recognize the diversity that enriches us all and brings us
closer together as we celebrate according to the customs with which we
are most comfortable.

Please be safe during the holiday season.  We look forward to an
exciting year in 2014, which will be the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 75th
year as the best trained most valued maritime volunteer organization in
the world!


Tom Mallison
National Commodore

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