A number of years ago, I found myself making Christmas Eve and Christmas Day phone calls to friends and family who had lost a loved one.
I didn’t realize exactly what I was doing but over the years I kept on doing it.
The phone rings and it’s me wishing people who feel emptiness at holiday time a happy day. It doesn’t have to be someone you know real well.
Sometimes the calls last longer than either one of us expect.
And they are upbeat because even when the loss of a loved one is mentioned, a few consoling words seems appropriate.
The conversation is easy.
Just ask questions and you’ll get plenty of answers. What have you been doing? How is the family? And drill down to ask about others.
If it is the first year alone, the recipient is usually surprised to receive such a call but always pleased.
Then just add them to the list for subsequent years as they look forward to the joy of catching up as much as you will knowing the real precious gift you are giving – the gift of your time.
Try it this season.
“No matter what your heartache may be, laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds.” — Red Skelton