I don’t understand people who start playing Christmas music right after Halloween. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a cranky old Grinch. It’s just that by early November, I have only started getting used to the weather change, so don’t start playing Christmas music, reminding me of the freezing wind and piles of snow that will soon take over the streets of Chicago.
Yet, right after Thanksgiving dinner until New Years’ Day, I am a Christmas music fanatic.
There are two songs I play over and over during Christmas: “There’s no place like home for the holidays” and “I’ll be home for Christmas.”
And yet, what about those individuals whose family relationships are broken or abusive, those who feel unsafe in their homes, or those who do not have homes to go to? Can they find places during the holidays that “beat home sweet home?”
Who are the people in your community, city, country and throughout the world who might not relate to this emphasis on holiday homecoming? How can you address this and show up for such individuals or families?
This message is an excerpt from “A God who shows up” by Emily Heitzman in the December 2018 issue of Café e-magazine.
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