Wednesday 25 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike
It’s Christmas today. Well not here, not for us, but for a third of the planet it is.
Now I grew up in England and so have witnessed Christmas in all it’s finery and quite a few of it’s less salubrious sides as well.
Christmas in the West is like living in a city… it might be happening around you, but you can still be, or feel quite alone.
If you live in a country where Christmas is celebrated, but for whatever reason, you have somehow been overlooked or excluded, then this is my post to you.
Equally, you may be working or travelling abroad, away from home or perhaps working a 12 hour shift in some essential or emergency service, or even in the armed services; again, this is my post to you.
Or perhaps, like me, you don’t celebrate Christmas and live in some part of the world where it largely passes by without even a decorated tree in sight; again, this is my post to you.
Today I am not opening presents either, we have no Turkey roasting in the oven and no decorations adorning our house – for us, today is a normal humdrum Wednesday in late December. My wife is working away all week, back Friday night, I’m working from home and kiddo is at school.
So if you are one of the above, you know, not caught up in the festivities by choice, design or by accident, then may I be one to wish you a Happy Christmas, or a Happy Wednesday at least. It can be a lonely world out there, if by chance you are not ‘in the thick of it’ at a time like this.
And, if you are reading this as someone who is celebrating today, spare a moment to have a think if there is anyone around your way who is out in the cold this Christmas. Remembering that even being alone in your own place can be just as cold as outside.
We need to take care of each other – that’s why we are here.