Remember the less fortunate on Christmas

Christmas is a very special time of the year for me as well as many millions of people around the world.  We all have our family traditions on Christmas and being with family and friends and celebrating the holiday season is such a joyful experience for so many folks. But for many, Christmas is far from that and there is little joy to experience.

This past year has been a very difficult year for many people, not only in this country, but in the world. Millions of people are without jobs due to one of the toughest recessions of all time.  Nearly 1 out of 6 people are underemployed or have no job at all.  There are several families with children, who are struggling just to make ends meet and simply cannot afford to buy any presents this year. Imagine if you were a child and your friends were talking about all the nice gifts that they received while you did not get any.  That is an extremely sad thing to think about, but the reality is, it will happen for several children during this Christmas.

While many of us have families and loved ones that we can share this season with and be together, many people do not have a family that they can experience this season with. I always think about the senior citizens and those in nursing homes who are by themselves and end up spending time alone for Christmas.  Nobody deserves to be alone for Christmas.

The final group of people I want people to remember and it is especially true during these days since we are currently in a few wars, is our military personal over in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Several of these brave men and women have wives and husbands along with children back home. Unfortunately, they will not be home for Christmas and I would imagine it is a somewhat difficult time for the soldiers and their families.

A big part of Christmas is giving and I think those of us who are blessed with plenty during this season need to reach out to the less fortunate.  Just doing things like donating money or gifts goes a long way to making sure someone has a special Christmas. Or inviting that lonely man or women who is alone during Christmas to spend time with your family.  The possibilities are endless but just doing a small random act of kindness can go a long ways in ensuring that someone will have some joy and happiness during this season. It is always great to receive those nice gifts for Christmas but it is even better to give of your time and resources to help those in need.

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