For Elder Orphans at this time of year when those around them are celebrating the holiday season with children and grandchildren, Christmas trees and gifts and festive dinners there doubtless are those among us who must stave off the melancholy feelings while we remember the Christmases of earlier times.
I like to conjure up memories of snowy Christmases with excitement with the anticipation of gifts and even a visit by Santa Claus. I’m still a believer! There was midnight mass too, but one of the memories most cherished was the celebrations at my grandparent’s home when my aunts and uncles and cousins would gather for a dinner of roast turkey with all of the trimmings.
Fortunate are we among the family of Elder Orphans who are remembered by our friends. While they are consumed by preparing for the holidays for their children and grandchildren we are grateful that they remember us and often include us in their celebrations.
Others of us reach out to the larger community and participate in preparing dinners and Christmas events for those who may be less fortunate.
And then there are certainly a few among us who will be isolated and lonely. Perhaps we can find it in our hearts to invite them to our table, especially at this time of the year. It’s a wonderful world. Be kind.