The holiday season can be a time of rejoicing, reunification, and forgiveness for many. For others though it is a time of sadness, emptiness, and loneliness. While some are reminded of what they have to be thankful for, others are reminded of what they’ve lost. As Christmas approaches we have heard many sad stories of loss. In Oregon a shooter open fired on a mall full of holiday shoppers. In Connecticut many young children and teachers lost their lives when another shooter went on a spree. The small town where I went to college is hurting over a fire in their beloved pet store. A friend is hurting over the unexpected loss of her husband. These tales of sadness can seem overwhelming.
I do not want to dismiss these stories in any way but sometimes a story of hope is needed for balance. We cannot forget that in all of these stories there were people who stood up and helped their neighbor, teachers who protected their students, and people who came together to communally support each other and grieve together.
I was recently came across a project called “Your Holiday Mom” and I feel like now is the perfect time to share it.
“This season, supportive moms (and a few dads too!) have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens and young adults who are without family support and who would like a “stand-in Holiday Mom”–or 40! Knowing that not every parent is ready to accept her own LGBTQ child exactly as-is (as hard as this is for us to imagine), we have written to extend our love beyond that of our own family.”
Every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day there is a messages of love and support. I encourage you to check this website out. It is beautiful and heart warming. A little light in the darkness