There’s no place like home for the holidays


There’s no place like home for the holidaysThere is no place like home for the holidays. I’m also convinced that home is where the heart is. We are faced with new challenges in recent days. Families are being required to change plans about being home for the holidays. With the upsurge in COVID, families are canceling Christmas gatherings.

If there was ever a time that family ties need to be strengthened, it is now. The dark clouds of fear and uncertainty hover over us. Our children need more than ever before the warmth of family ties. They need to see loved ones meeting, hugging, and sharing treasured memories. This gives children a better understanding of their roots. This can only be accomplished by families being together. Grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins all make up the human family which is the most critical segment of society.

I was looking forward to being surrounded by my children and children’s children, feasting, singing favorite Christmas carols and remembering together whose birthday we were celebrating. Now that will have to wait for another time.

A lockdown locks us out of more than we can afford to lose.

Let’s look for ways to communicate as best we can our love and caring for those who depend on us to sustain them through dark difficult times.

There is no substitute for those ties that bind us at Christmas time. It is all about the gift of love. A time when we celebrate the greatest gift that has ever been known to mankind and human history. Treasure it. Cherish and protect it. Nurture that gift that is totally the only hope that will save the world.

- Patricia Farris, Publisher

Story First Published: 2021-12-24