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‘Tis the Season to help your fellow man (or woman)

Yes, the “holiday season” is upon us.
In my opinion, Halloween kicks it off followed by
• Thanksgiving
• Christmas
• New Year’s Eve
or whatever holidays you celebrate.

It’s a happy, festive, time for most of us. But not all of us.

*Note… I was going to say that statistics prove the rate of suicide is higher during the holidays, but figured I better research that fact first. In reality, according to the CDC and Psychology Today, December suicide rates tend to be lower. Interesting!*

Many people are alone over the holidays. For example:
• unmarried people
• senior citizens
• an empty nester couple experiencing their first holiday without their kids at home

The Military Family Ministry at our church is encouraging people to “host” a single soldier, from a local military base, for a holiday meal. Now this requires working through proper channels, which we happen to have a wonderful contact for. You’ll need t do your research if you would like to do something with the military.

Think about it. A single service member, who may not have the funds to travel over the holidays, or may not have any family to visit, will be left to stay in the barracks and eat at the “chow hall.” How depressing. Would you want your son or daughter sitting in a mostly empty barrack on a major “family” holiday? Of course not.

Now, think broader. Any person who will be alone on a day when many families are together is facing the same situation. Of course, they may not be in bland surroundings. They may be in a luxurious townhome or some such thing, but they are still alone.

Agreed, some people prefer to be alone on the holidays, but most people don’t.  I bet someone just popped into your head!

Won’t you consider inviting them to your house to share in your festivities?

I know, they may not come, but they will appreciate the offer. You might be pleasantly surprised and they will gladly accept your invitation. But, you won’t know unless you ask.

Go ahead, ask them.

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*

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