In Canada and many other places in the world Christmas is a time when we are constantly told that we should be cheerful and celebrate Christmas with friends and family. Stores play cheesy Christmas music starting in November. For many Christmas is anything but cheerful.
For those who have lost loved ones to accidents, illness, age or violence Christmas is a time of sorrow. A time that would have been spent with lost loved ones.
For those who have been rejected by their families and friends because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or for other reasons Christmas becomes painful and depressing. They can’t go home, they can’t spend the time with their loved ones. They are alone.
As someone who has been fortunate not to lose most of my family I think of those who have lost family, friends, jobs, homes and sometimes their life savings. They are in my thoughts and prayers.