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Time for reflection

As we prepare ourselves for the Christmas holidays, a rare spectacle will also be accompanying the festivities

23 Dec 2015 by Robina Moss

After another hectic year in optics, it’s hardly surprising that Christmas Day is nearly upon us.

And this year we get a rare spectacle when the presents have all been opened and the dinner has finally been cleared away. The last full moon of 2015 falls on Christmas Day, something which hasn’t happened since 1977 and won’t again until 2034.

The December full moon is distinct already being the only moon in the entire month that is visible for the whole night. If you get a quiet moment and clear skies to enjoy this beautiful celestial sight, I’m sure most of us old enough will be reflecting on the big changes in our own lives since it last appeared.

For me personally, this time is always poignant as my birthday also falls in the Christmas week, which means I get the extra gift of enjoying it with my family, and especially my mum who celebrates her 90th birthday next year.

In this time for reflection, looking back on 2015 we have seen more events in the optical calendar than ever before, the end of the 2013–2015 CET cycle and a new-look AOP Council. OT has also undergone a milestone change from a fortnightly edition to a bumper monthly one and we have a new and improved website too.

The feedback from AOP members and industry contacts has been both positive but also very useful, sparking exciting ideas for 2016, with discussions on how we can provide even more educational support and expert advice to help busy AOP members.

With January traditionally being the time for New Year’s resolutions on improvements to make, the next OT has the theme of fashion and beauty to help practitioners make an informed choice when buying their next frames and sunglasses.

We pulled out all the stops to find the designers and experts in the know on the fashion trends for 2016 – a challenge but great fun to put together. We hope you enjoy the results.

Speaking of fashion, don’t forget that 100% Optical has a huge fashion focus, as well as education, and is also fast approaching. Make a note in that new diary or calendar. We hope to see you there at the ExCeL London from 6–8 February.

Happy Christmas.

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