When it comes to Christmas
December 24, 2006 3:24am CST
many of us have many Great memories of gifts we have gotten from someone, our family times we have shared, and many other good things. Or at least we have Great times we can remember. But what about those who are in Foster homes, etc. who have no real families, and waiting to be Adopted out? What memories will they have? We might even have some here who have come from this type of lifestyle, or come from abusive backgrounds to where the Holidays bring back horrible memories. Let me tell you what. I came from a Very discosiative family life myself, so some of the memories I have from my Childhood are not the best when it comes to the Holidays. And since my Step father was also quite abusive, sometimes I still dread the Holidays, and get quite stressed. But I am learning how to move on thru these and live a more fruitful life. Well, I will be spending Christmas eve with my Sisters before I go to work, and then I will spend Christmas day with my husband just enjoying my day. Wishing you all the best Holiday season and the best for 2007.
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• United States
24 Dec 06
I hope that you and your husband and family have a wonderful Christmas as well. It is sad that not everybody in this world is able to have a wonderful christmas with family and/or friends and wish everyone could have a great holiday season with someone. It must be hard for foster children since they are not with their original parents. It also has to be hard for the homeless people.
• Edinburgh, Scotland
25 Dec 06
Yes I was abused when I was a child and had to live in a care home. It was better than being at home at that time so I know how they feel now at this time of year. I have been homeless as well on the streets of London and was very peeved when someone stole my big cardboard box that I slept in at night. I was very cold that night. All the best for the new year to all.
• Manchester, England
30 Dec 06
This is a very good reminder to us all that everyone is not as fortunate as we are. It is easy to forget that many children have a poor childhood for one reason or another, and we tend to assume that Christmas is a pleaseant time for all. I was one of the fortunate ones and was brought up in a good family environment so I picture the same scenario for all, despite the fact that logic tells me this is not true.
26 Dec 06
Thanking you very much for your Christmas wishes KrauseHome. It is unfortunate about the Christmases you had in your childhood, but it does sound like you have a wonderful husband and are putting the bad days behind you now. I have good memories of Christmas time as a child, as we always celebrated it together as a family without any dramas etc. With regard to the poor, we give throughout the year to a couple of charities, and that might be money if we have some to spare; vegetables from our garden when we have a lot of extra; jams and preserves that I have had from our own produce. We do not give anything specific at Christmas but instead donate what we can afford at the time we can do so. I trust that you had a wonderful time with your sister on Christman Eve and that you and your husband enjoyed s lovely day on Christmas Day.
25 Dec 06
thank you for your wish ,i also remembers the poor people as they are also the part of our family, i have also got many of gifts from many relatives , i wish to do some thing for those who are in the streets , for that i have to be rich because poor people cant help poor people
• United States
25 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds as if you're moving past it; I'm sure it will always be a distant memory, but at least you are learning to make new and better memories. I feel guilty saying this here, but I grew up in a "Beaver Cleaver" type of family- does anyone remember the show "Leave it to Beaver", about the all-American family? My parents are still together today (just celebrated 52 years) and I can honestly say that I never heard them actually fight. Sure, they disagreed and had times when they were short with each other or used the silent treatment, etc. But overall our home was normal and peaceful. My 2 brothers and I would have to be in bed early so that Santa could come; the rule was that we couldn't get up any earlier than 7 am. My brothers and I still remember and talk about sneaking out after Santa came and feeling guilty for peeking. At 7 am we woke up mom & dad and opened presents, spent the day at home, had a nice dinner. More children should have the opportunity to have parents like I do. Anyways, I hope that everyone is going to spend the Holiday with family and friends whom they love. Merry Christmas to everyone!
24 Dec 06
I too dont have the best memories from childhood.I always try to make Christmas a very speacial time for my daughter.I want her to have the Christmas happiness that I didnt recieve growing up.Wishing you and all your family best Holiday season and the best for 2007.
24 Dec 06
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