A not so jolly christmas

It’s that wonderful time of year known as Christmas when joy and excitement fill the air all around the world. However, amidst all the festivities, there is a lingering sense of sadness. A feeling of a not so jolly Christmas is also felt.

How can we fully embrace the season’s happiness while knowing that many others are suffering? How can it be a jolly Christmas In places like Haiti, when people are leaving their homes in droves, desperately searching for a better life?
Now, more than ever is the perfect time for us to pause and reflect on ways to end their plight. For far too long, the true spirit of Christmas has eluded their lives.

It is undeniable that injustice, political turmoil, kidnappings, and violence have unfortunately become a part of their everyday existence.
Haiti, a historically significant black republic, is facing extreme adversity, but how much more can its people endure? While it is often said that the destiny of Haitians lies solely in their hands, perhaps it is time for us to come together and find a solution.
This holiday season should catalyze the awakening of our collective consciousness and inspire us to make a meaningful impact. I am eager to hear your thoughts on this urgent matter.

6 thoughts on “A not so jolly christmas”

  1. Acknowledging that many are suffering around this time of year although very unfortunate, that is great motivation to apply more accountability. There are many who are blessed privileged as well as gifted and yet tend to feel a void as if there were something absent. When you reflect on the year and we get to this time it can indeed be overwhelming. As we gather our thoughts and reflect, It is the mere things that we overlook when truly indeed make us blessed. As we take a look around the world not many are privileged with that golden opportunity.

  2. Christmas, a season filled with joy and happiness as we commemorate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, offers a unique warmth to many. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to revel in this festive spirit. Countless individuals face harsh realities such as homelessness, hunger, and thirst or lie in hospital beds, suffering and awaiting their final moments. It’s tough to experience complete happiness during this time if you possess a compassionate heart, reminding us that Christmas may not bring happiness to everyone.

  3. If there is one thing that Haiti has always had, it is SPIRIT! My brothers and I recently went on a journey to find old Haitian Christmas songs that were often played around the house, and we successfully found a link with many of the most popular songs that I remember being played in the house when I was growing up…and I remarked, while listening as an adult, that when I was a child, I never realized how depressing some of the songs were! Even when the words may have been explained to me as a child, I didn’t hear the undertone of destitution, of the desire for basic needs to make the Christmas season survivable! There were songs where people were asking “Father Christmas” not to forget them, as they had no food, no clothing….and yet…there were still SONGS! I just think of the faith and hope that Christmas season brings, and the amount of both that are required to continue to sing through the hard times. In a way, music is a great provider of hope, and sharing music is one way to lift the spirits of the downtrodden. Of course with all of these things considered, as the Christmas season is drawing to a close, it is still important to do good works to help our fellow brothers and sisters.
    One thing I noted and contributed to before the year’s end were organizations with Community Soup Projects. I contributed through the “Love and Serve Haiti Mission” with Haiti Relief (duchcjc@hotmail.com) and I noted in my e-mail inbox this week that “Hope for Haiti,” a Florida-based organization, also put together a soup project to feed the community in Les Cayes, Southern Haiti. It is wonderful that we still have boots on the ground bringing good tidings to the people of Haiti. May we be their hands, and may one hand continue to wash the other. God bless us all!

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