Saturday, December 09, 2006

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.
Here were are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.
Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now!

Homelessness has become a major problem in our society today both in economically developed nations as well as in the developing world. These include people who, for whatever reason, have no permanent shelter as a result of war, environmental disasters, lack of resources or some other crisis in their life to mention just a few.

Each and every day becomes a challenge for these individuals as they seek out temporary shelter, food, clothing, health treatment and security not to mention love and self esteem. At this time of year, their plight becomes more obvious to them as they observe the community around them in the Christmas spirit. How often do we walk by and pretend to not notice the plight of these people? Whether we ignore them or not, this social dilemma will never disappear until we step forth and become a part of a solution of support, caring and concern.

So, when you sing the carol “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” remember that there are people out there who will not be having that.

As the AT&T ad campaign once said … “Reach out and touch someone.”


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hi Dave,
Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year for those who have no family or are estranged from them. Thanks for the reminder to really do something to share the real joy of Christmas.

P.S. Glad to learn you have an interest in butterflies and moths.


Le Nightowl said...

Homelessness is a crucial problem whatever the season, but winter makes people more (self) conscious about it.
One can never bring enough attention to this issue.