To my Dear Brethren, families and friends of Masonry …

Ginny and I are dreaming of a White Christmas … and all of the traditional joys of the holidays in the days and weeks ahead. This month of December is one of great planning and anticipation. But, just as Brother Irving Berlin wrote some 70 years ago, “May all your days be merry and bright!”

Even though we have just celebrated Thanksgiving, we now have the anticipation of more fun and good times as we prepare to join our Jewish Brethren in the celebration of Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights which begins early this year on December 1st … and then we celebrate Christmas on December 25th, and Kwanzaa on the 26th, and then the eve of the New Year 2011.

We should all thank the Great Architect of the Universe for our many blessings.   … not the least of which is the blessing of freedom in this land of opportunity, the privilege of free assembly and the right to practice our religion, our Craft, and the blessings of family life and love.

On behalf of Deputy Grand Master, RW Jim Sullivan and his wife Gail, our entire elected and appointed Grand Line, and the entire Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, Ginny and I extend our warmest wishes to you and all of those you cherish for a joyous holiday season,  a Happy Chanukah, a very Merry Christmas, an enjoyable Kwanzaa and all of the good wishes for the New Year 2011 that you would wish for yourselves…a year of good health, a year of growth and fulfillment and a year of peace on earth and good will toward all mankind.

Because this is a season marked universally with the tradition of sharing and gift giving, it is appropriate that we pause for just a few moments now and once again reflect on our own personal good fortunes. And if the spirit of sharing moves you, I hope you will remember and give generously to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund and all of those less fortunate whom we are privileged to assist.

May God continue to lift up his countenance upon you and be gracious to you and yours.  God Bless you and may God Bless the members of our Armed Forces and first responders serving our nation now and in the past.  God Bless our Brotherhood and all of those we serve. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Fraternally,

M:. W:. Vincent Libone

Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York

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