Sunday, December 09, 2012
So our local radio station has a promotion running to provide Christmas Miracles to 15 families in need from the local area. The families were nominated by listeners. It's a wonderful thing that the radio station and community is doing. Yet still my heart is saddened. All the miracles they are looking for can be solved with an monetary donation. What saddens my heart is that, to me a Christmas Miracle should be something more substantial.
Last year, I faced my first Christmas without either parents. As a single woman that has never been married or never had children, I thought for sure that my brothers would invite me to share Christmas dinner with them. I was wrong and devastated. My new neighbor, who knew very little about me invited me to share Christmas Eve lunch with her and her family. Being surrounded by family (even if it wasn't my own) made that Christmas so much easier to get through. That was my own little Christmas miracle.
This year is different, those friends that were checking in on me last year have gone back to being busy with their own families and Christmas plans, and I find myself spending most evenings alone with a t.v. line up filled with holiday cheer aimed at bringing families and friends together. I have never felt so lonely in my life. No reason to shop, no big fancy meals or dates to Christmas parties. No need to hang decorations because no one but me to see them. Friends that normally have time to share with me are spread so thin there doesn't seem to be time for a solitary figure. But then a small voice reached out. It belonged to a little 7 year old girl. She was all excited about her Christmas program and ran over to invite me to attend. I smiled and promised her I would go. She's my little Christmas miracle this year. I'm still alone but there is someone out there that wants to include me in her celebrations and I smile.
I am hoping that I can spread that cheer - invites to all who I know that live alone. So far no bites (most have children, or siblings, or parents to spend Christmas with) but many eyes twinkling with the knowledge that someone wants them.
So if you have taken the time to read this, please take the time to expand your Christmas celebrations for someone in your area that might be alone. It doesn't need to be for Christmas day, just part of the holiday cheer. Maybe you could be a Christmas Miracle for someone and it won't cost you to anything more than time.