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There is an old Irish custom –
to leave a plate of food on a chair,
outside of your house.
This is so people who might be traveling by, and find themselves hungry, have something to eat.
Here is the thing:
There are a LOT of “travelers” out there!
They usually end up alone for the holiday.
This is NOT a good thing!
It’s the time of year for increased depression and suicides…
people’s emotions run wild and they give up.
A simple invitation could make all the difference.
If you look at our holiday table, we have family AND many people we now call good friends.
There is a collection of people we learned over the years, who would be alone and we creatively invited them. They have since become fixtures at every celebration. It could be the newly widowed lady from work, it could be the neighbor who’s kids have grown up and moved out of state,
the woman who’s husband is overseas fighting and she has no close family to visit with the kids.
You get the idea.
It’s kind of an assigned pot luck where everyone brings something –
an appetizer, a salad, a dessert… so it’s a stress free event with a ton of laughter!
My plea to you:
Take a real good look at the people around you.
Is there anyone that has no place to go for the holiday?
A nice meal with other humans could be just the thing to change a life!
they make a great care package!
This is NOT charity.
I can’t stand that word – it’s demeaning to the people getting it,
It’s not to late to ask someone… and it’s better than having an empty chair.
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