To paraphrase the wise Noddy Holder, "So here it is Merry Christmas, not everybody's having fun". Sorry for the dreary start to our usual cheery blog, but Christmas is not always a time for merriment. For some it is a time of immense lonliness and a time to sadly reminisce of happier times spent with loved ones who may no longer be with us. Luckily homes all over the UK are fully aware of the troubles their residents, especially those living with dementia, face around Christmas time, and are able to help keep them occupied, and included in the festivities.
Not all are so lucky. Up and down the country there are people facing spending Christmas alone. They're not looking forward to tucking into Turkey around a table, pulling crackers and snoozing through the Queens speech. For them it is a day of total isolation. Wheverever you are reading this, there will be an elderly person not far from you who has to face this coming day. Even sadder is the fact that they are hidden and unknown. Imagine this was your Father, your Gran, your Brother or Sister. No one should be alone at Christmas and we can all do something about it. If you know of someone in your neighbourhood who doesn't seem to have a regular flow of vistitors, why not do a good deed and ask them to join you, even if only an hour, so they can feel part of a family on what should be a magical day.
For some it may not be that simple, so here is a great link for you.
No empty chairs brings people together whether they are looking for a family for Christmas, or whether they have a seat to spare at their festive table.
Remember, it is not just the elderly who may be facing a less than happy Christmas, it is people of all ages. If you are one of them then why not join up? There is a family out there waiting for you to make their Christmas family complete too.
Do something good this year. It's what Christmas is all about.