The Holidays are Gone – or Are They?
by Debra H. Goldstein
The 2014 holidays, no matter what your faith, have come and gone. The Chanukah lights no longer burn. Remnants of Christmas packages have been shoved into trashcans and folks are beginning to turn off their outdoor lights to save on their power bills. It will be at least six to nine months before radio stations and merchants try to get us back into the holiday spirit. That’s a shame.
It is nice to feel festive. Sharing gifts, eggnog, singing of songs, and general merriment is fun. There is a wonderful feeling when families come together whether in person, through computer links, or on the phone. Even the television ads hone in on the warmth people share at this time of the year.
My heart goes out to those who don’t have enough to eat, a place to go, a hand to hold. What these people are lacking is never so evident as during this time of the year. Red kettles and bells, letters with enclosed envelopes, or requests to “come on down and serve a meal,” bombard us.
Although the holidays have ended – pick one to respond to. I bet, even if only for a few minutes, you’ll feel the joy of the holiday season again.