Busting the Ghosts of Christmas Past

Looking out for the lost and lonely this time of year

There are movies, meals and concerts,
special programs, lights and trees.
It’s a season when we celebrate with style.
But this month of celebration
is quite difficult for some
who disguise their private pain behind a smile.

Let’s be sensitive to others
who will still put up a tree
but for whom the joyful carols trigger tears.
Far too many are still haunted
by the ghosts of Christmas past
who will make their presence known this time of year.

While enjoying festive functions,
be alert to those nearby
for whom silent night is more than just a song.
If appropriate, invite them
to take part in what you’ve planned.
Let’s remind the lost and lonely, they belong.