It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. For most….. But for others it brings heartache and the possibility of spending another Christmas without a loved one or spending another Christmas on the streets.
Spending that first Christmas dinner with an empty chair around the table once filled by a loved one is hard, I know I have been there myself, and as the years go on sadly yet another chair will empty. However one year a highchair may make an appearance signally a new addition to the family.
As our relatives age and life goes on chairs will be left vacant and this will continue right up to the point that the once occupier of the highchair becomes the empty chair at his or her child’s table. I guess the message I am making is look beyond that empty chair this Christmas look around at those which are occupied , raise a toast to those that have passed and then enjoy the day with those you have with you. Because one day that empty chair will be theirs.
Sadly some people will face Christmas on the streets and this situation bothers me far more than any other world crisis. In a country where we pride ourselves as being a nation that cares, we still have our own people that the system fails.
I have a few friends whom spend the Christmas period volunteering for Crisis at Christmas feeding the homeless a hearty Christmas Meal and spending time with those less fortunate.
You will never see these people’s names appearing on a list in a tabloid newspaper praising there efforts ,mainly because we would be admitting that Great Britain is not so Great at taking care of its own to the nation. There will no New Year’s honours list for these folks, and to be honest you would never hear of a volunteer chasing recognition.
These people are so humble and spirited that for me they are the true meaning of Christmas. If this is something you would like to do , then you can register to become a volunteer by visiting www.christmas.crisis.org.uk .They have a variety of shifts you can work all over the festive period so if Christmas Day you can’t make it then there are more to choose from . And if you do sign up and prove to me you worked I will personally send you a little gift to say thank you.
So this Christmas do what you can to make those around you glad to be alive and for those that have passed make them proud.