The holidays, no matter where you are. no matter your faith and despite the mad shopping trip to the malls to get your Christmas shopping done, people really do feel festive when it comes to the Holidays. No other holiday, in my eyes pulls people together to help one another, those less fortunate.
The reason for my blog......well for those less fortunate, okay maybe not less fortunate,but being away from their families and friends, their way of life during the holidays. It is early, but you can smell it. It's in the air, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, is hovering about, and everyone is abuzz with the holiday spirit. I know what it is like to be away from family. For two years I was in Iraq with the army, away from my wife and kids. The hardest thing I have ever done.
But the one thing, other than receiving mail from my wife, friends and family was receiving mail from complete strangers. Wishing me a safe return home, wishing me a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. So if you know of anyone who is serving in the military, be it whatever country you hail from, send them a card, go to the Red Cross and see if you can send mail to the troops, even if you do not know anyone. That is the the best gift for a soldier, trust me I know.
And for those less fortunate, give a helping hand, or if someone has to be away from their families for wahtever the reason, contact that person, wish them a happy holidays. THAT is the greatest gift you can give anyone during this time of year. No one should be alone, and no one should be forgotten at this time.
Thank you for listening.
Christopher M. Shaddock