It’s still about getting together

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Christmas is getting close and it’s the time of year that should be magical with all the nice things that go with the season, such as getting together with family and friends.

It’s a time for Christians to remember Christ’s birth and the importance of that and sharing goodwill with others.

But as people grow older and their children move away and in many cases can’t get home for Christmas and aging parents are no longer around, more and more people are finding it tough with the “empty nest” syndrome during the holiday season.

For some people who have lost loved ones during past Christmas seasons, it’s tough when the Yuletide season rolls around. It’s difficult to celebrate when you don’t have your loved ones around to celebrate with you.

There are many who will be celebrating the season with large family get-togethers and that is great for those who still can do that, whether they have lots of family in the area or people who come home to visit and celebrate.

That’s fun, but unfortunately for many, it is no longer a reality due to circumstances that occur when families diminish in size.

There were a lot of larger families back when babyboomers were young and its getting to the point where they are thinning out. Most baby boomers have smaller families and the common occurrence was for their children to go away, get their education and work elsewhere.

But that’s not to say that the parents can still enjoy Christmas, even if their children don’t get home for the holidays.

The spirit of Christmas can still be there and it’s all in the caring and sharing that goes with the season. There are always friends that the season can be shared with, and with today’s technology, parents can share the Christmas season with family through electronic means.

No, it’s not the same as having them home, but at least phone conversations or Skype could provide contact with children and grandchildren.

For those who have lost loved ones at this time, they can certainly have them in their thoughts and prayers during the Christmas season — which despite the commercialism — is still about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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