Christmas is the worst time of anyone's sentence but to be so far away from home makes it even worse.
Uness you are in one of the holiday resorts the Thai's don't celebrate Christmas so for us it can be just like any other day. This is my fourth Christmas in a Thai prison. We foreigners try to make the most of it by putting together any Christmas foods that have been sent by family and friends in parcels. It may be some Christmas cake or mince pies and if you're really lucky they may contain some Sherry or Rum! There is no turkey so we have chicken with vegetables then the Christmas Pud. The last two Christmas's there has been a little home brew which has appeared but a crack down by the prison almost certainly means that there will not be any this year.
The British Embassy makes a visit at Christmas and try their best to make it a little special for us with Christmas cake and a Burger King. Not a lot you may think but it goes a long way in here and for those with no family support it is a rare treat. There is also a group of British ladies who live in Bangkok and visit the British lads on a regular basis. Headed by Gale, and out of their own pockets, they put together small parcels, like a Christmas present, which is great and again much appreciated. Last year my good friend Rowland bought in a hamper of treats on Christmas Day. So as you can see Christmas could be worse. I am apart from my loved ones and in prison but there are good people who try and make it just that little bit better for us.
I'm not sure how many Christmas's I have left in prison but I hope to be transferring to the UK sometime next year so this could well be my last Christmas in a Thai prison. Once I have transferred I will be able to sleep in a bed and shower with hot water for the first time in four years .... that will be my Christmas present.
Thank you all for your support over the last year - your letters, e-mails, messages. parcels, visits and signatures to my online Petition really do make a big difference to my life.
I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2009. Look forward to hearing from you.
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