Christmas, don’t you just love it?!

I certainly do, I love having my children near me, all the good food and wine, time off from work to relax and a bit of peace and tranquillity. But it hasn’t always been so and I appreciate every privilege that I have in my life now. I was reflecting on this recently having read a post on a friend’s Facebook profile which read thus:

Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season. It is important to remember that not everyone is looking forward to Christmas. Some people are not surrounded by large wonderful families. Some people can’t buy their kids one present never mind a full living room or some people will get into debt trying. Some of us have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. For many it is their first Christmas without a particular loved one and many others lost loved ones at Christmas. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.

That’s the thing about life, it doesn’t stop for those who are experiencing loss or pain, it just keeps rolling on. And for people like this it can be very hard to put a brave face on. Some can be really resourceful like 89 year old Joe Bartley from Paignton who was so bored living on his own that he advertised for a job, any job before he died of boredom. He was overwhelmed by the response and has since been taken on by a local café, waiting on tables. But many others are much less confident or live in rural areas miles from any social activity.

If you know someone who finds Christmas a struggle for whatever reason, reach out to them and bring a little twinkle of Christmas to their lives. From sharing a cup of coffee to a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe letting people know that you are there could make all the difference to them and you. That’s what many of our T.E.D. Friends have been finding. When they spend time supporting an isolated person it often leads to the building of a genuine friendship benefiting them as much as the person they set out to help. That’s what I call a win-win situation, something I like almost as much as Christmas!

Here’s hoping you have a very merry Christmas!

Fiona

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