Christmas Song Recital


Christmas and adoptionIt Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! The Christmas season has arrived once more.

Christmas Time is Here and as all of us begin to celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I wonder every year when thinking of the millions of children in need around the world, Do They Know It Is Christmas? While we are out furiously shopping, trimming the tree, cooking, baking and stuffing ourselves with sinful treats and Chestnuts are Roasting on an Open Fire, dinner tables set fit with feasts fit for kings, there are children starving and without clean water worldwide. Orphaned children in need of forever families continue to reside in institutions and governments continue to implement ever increasing red tape to make it more and more difficult for adoptive parents to adopt children in need. International adoptions have plummeted and are at an all-time low.

While we Deck the Halls and wish each other a Holly Jolly Christmas there are children, the most vulnerable members of our society, experiencing a Blue Christmas and they hear no Jingle Bells ringing. These children only hear the cries of hunger, pain and loneliness.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Angels We Have Heard on High. The need is out there. Are we listening? Are we taking action? Are we making a difference? For some adoptive parents their one wish this year is All I Want for Christmas is You, while they agonizingly wait for their child to be Home for the Holidays from Congo. Will the waiting children in Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico have a Feliz Navidad? While Frosty the Snowman would surely melt in Samoa we know the children waiting in this tiny island nation will not see a White Christmas, but will still see the arrival of Santa and his reindeer Dasher ,Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and of course Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Go Tell It On the Mountain there are children in need in Bulgaria and Ukraine who will also be waiting the arrival of Jolly Old Saint Nick. There are children around the world in need of a family and their one wish this Christmas season is to be loved and cared for. There are children starving, Feed the World.

Joy to the World! The Christmas season has arrived once more.

I ask all of you while you are making your holiday preparations, while you are shopping, baking and celebrating, take a moment to reflect, to remember those children around the world less fortunate, who won’t be having a Holly Jolly Christmas and ask yourself what can you do for them?

We wish all of you a very joyous holiday season, but do so while remembering we are very, very lucky. Be thankful for what you have and generous to those who have nothing.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

Photo Credit: Tim Hamilton

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MLJ Adoptions is a Non-Profit, Hague-Accredited adoption service provider located in Indianapolis, Indiana, working in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Isles. We are passionate about serving children in need.