Although it’s been said, many times and many ways, “I’ll be home for Christmas — if only in my dreams.” At Christmas and throughout the holidays songs including “Blue Christmas” and “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” remind us — not all is merry and bright for some family, friends, and neighbours. Many mourn lost loved ones at this time of the year, while others try desperately to visit loved ones during the season, but can’t afford to or need to work or just can’t make it for the festivities and might have to spend Christmas and NYE alone.
All the Christmas cheer and holiday spirit in the world can’t save some — when their lives are in despair. Mental health issues are also very important to remember during all the merriment, as depression, anxiety, stress, and many other conditions may exist leading up to, during, and after the holiday season. Being aware is key and helping someone in need (emotionally and otherwise) could be the greatest gift for those needing it most.
’Tis the season to spend time with loved ones. Some, no longer have loved ones to share memories with. Perhaps, invite a friend or neighbour to share in the spirit of giving. Remember those who have passed on with a lit candle or place a small gift under the tree or on the tree in remembrance or make a toast. Share stories with family members or friends about those no longer with us. Laugh, weep, and perhaps make new traditions with new friends or family members.
Not all holiday revellers are happy go lucky. And some are more “Bah Humbug” — with good reason. Maybe they lost a job, or don’t have enough funds to buy presents or rely on the food bank to get by — Christmas is not always a time of joy for all people. Remember, the greatest gift you can give someone, young or old, is of your time. Spend some time with a child, a senior, or anyone — for that matter. It doesn’t need a tag and wasn’t bought in a store or online. It is truly a remarkable and memorable present — being present in the moment and sharing that moment with someone else.
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