The Classic Christmas Song -White Christmas, Bing Crosby

This song is a classic, one that people of all ages and gender like.

Bing Crosby sings this in another classic, the movie, “Holiday Inn”.

This song draws out the fondest memories of Christmas back at our family home.

I have a feeling that almost everyone knows the lyrics to this Holiday classic!

Make the hot chocolate top it with a marshmallow sit back and enjoy!

The Forgotten

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What we have found in this country, and maybe we’re more aware of it now, is one problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice. Ronald Reagan
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***Special Comment:  I realize that people want to deck the halls, “Joy To the World” etc., but I am not trying to rain on your holiday spirit.  This is something that has been close to my heart for a long time.***

You probably have walked by them, maybe helped them, or even thought they are there on purpose.  They are from all walks of life, age, and gender.  Every day for them is a struggle for survival.  For a brief time I lived in a Northern Canadian city, it was a learning process, a shock to my senses, and broke my heart every day.  

In larger urban centers people become innocuous to the sight of them.  They become faded into the fabric of the background.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil!

Some believe that they can change, get a job, live in an apartment, etc.,  The fly in the ointment is this, they did not choose to be where they are.  Some it was the financial well went dry, others left home thinking the big city would bring them success, the rest have issues with their mental health.

Consider these facts:

So, during these Holidays when you think you didn’t get anything you wanted, think about these people.  

They are the forgotten!

Handling Christmas/Holiday Anxieties

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  1. Don’t try to impress people, just being myself.
  2. Don’t borrow money, i.e., taking money from rent or food money.
  3. Don’t wait till the last moment to buy gifts.  I bought gifts for my three grandchildren over several months.
  4. Avoid going shopping when it is at the peak of shopping rush.
  5. Forgo sending Christmas cards, phone calls are much more endearing.

Those are some things I put in place for several years now.  It keeps me from suffering extreme panic attacks.

Since the grandchildren are getting older I also forgo wrapping paper.  Instead use gift bags with some shredded paper.  They know the gifts are from me, not some made up character called “Santa Claus”.

Maybe you cannot initiate some of those things, but, I would encourage you to find ways that can save you those moments where you feel you are going to “lose it”.

Holidays, Holy Days?

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Mostly everyone knows the term “Merry Christmas” and they know what it is about, meaning.

Ask yourself do you know anything about those who do not celebrate Christmas? How about the Menorah, or what our Islamic neighbors observe   Ramadan .

There are many other Holy Days of different religions that I would love to learn about.

I have an Islamic doctor.  My first visit to see him I sensed that he was hesitant, not sure what I would think of him.  As I looked around the room I saw a picture of Mecca.  So, I asked him, “have you made the pilgrimage yet?”.  His face changed countenance, he lit up  and asked how I knew about Mecca.  I told him I was studying about it.  Since that day we have a friendly visit during my checkup.

So, my question is this; How do you celebrate or not the Holidays, or Holy Days?  I would love to hear about Chanukah, and any Islamic blogger what Ramadan is about.

For those who celebrate Christmas, let’s hear from you about how you celebrate, traditions.

So many that I talk with have pre-conceived ideas about other faiths. Some are totally erroneous. 

Please be respectful in your comments for I would like for this to be a learning moment. I welcome all who read this to participate and enjoy learning about your neighbors, even your co-workers.