Homeless at Christmas

I  originally wrote  this in  December  2013  but it is  still relevant  so. Have revamped it a little.

I hope it won’t snow this Christmas

It’s one of my biggest fears.

It was so bitter last year even

Thinking of it makes me shed tear.

The homless won’t be eating Turkey with all the trim

Unless they find a charity shelter which they can get in.

The people at the shelters are angels from up above

They give their time and plenty love.

They really are saviours they really do so much good.

They give warmth and comfort, dinner and even  Christmas pud.

OH! why are they out here I hear you say.

There are lots of reasons, have you got all day?

Dave got made redundant the bills he couldn’t pay

So the bank stepped in and took his home away.

His wife could not stand the B&B that the social offered them

So she took the children off to live with her mum so Dave won’t see them again.

Jen, she was cheeky girl always having fun

Staying out late and playing up in the end it got too much for her mum!

After a big row one night  in the summer she asked Jen to go,

So she is struggling alone out there, when your homeless it is amazing how fast your friends all go.

Rob well his story is very sad,

It all started with his drinking then he discovered drugs. He became violent and everything turned bad.

He fell out with his mother’s boyfriend who told him he had to go

And then threw him out into the December  snow.

The reasons are legion you can take your pick,

People  who  loose  their jobs  because  they became  sick

From parents who can’t cope

To addictions that make you loose all hope,

Parents or family who beat you, family who will not stop at a touch

They want you to give them way too much.

This may all seem morbid this may all seem too sad

I hate to tell you all, things can be so very, very bad.

People young and old see their hopes and dreams unfold and vanish in clouds of smoke

As they end up on the streets lost and without any hope.

So enjoy your Christmas parties, your families and your Yule tide fare

But as you raise a toast remember the homeless ones out there .



And also here for Crisis at Christmas

74 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 18:34:30

    Oh sis… this made me cry xxx


  2. janowrite
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 18:44:21

    So true, these words.


  3. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 20:31:08

    There are more and more homeless on the streets of Cambridge. It is very sad and must be so cold for them this time of year. 😦


  4. TanGental
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 20:40:14

    lovely if very poignant


  5. Jane Dougherty
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 20:58:33

    Winter is an awful time for homeless people, and the excess, superfluous, indecent spend spend spend that goes on must seem like a slap in the teeth to them. You don’t have to be homeless to see Christmas as a big pointless waste of energy. I hate it. Have done for years.


    • willowdot21
      Dec 19, 2017 @ 21:09:07

      I truly agree with you, the whole hype and relentless buy buy society is gross. There are homeless people out there struggling to survive. Christmas to me is full of bad memories. But we only have to cope for another week! 💜


      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 20, 2017 @ 07:31:28

        We went from being penniless students to precarious workers and have never had any money. It didn’t matter when the children were small. They didn’t care that their clothes all came from charity shops and the flea market. Same for the toys they got at Christmas. They had a lot of clothes, they were good quality and brightly coloured. The toys and books were just like new. But when they got to be adolescents, they understood perfectly well there was no point asking for iphones and such like because they just wouldn’t get them. Even though they have always said they were pleased with their gifts, thers’s always the nagging guilt that if they weren’t happy, we couldn’t do anything about it anyway. And the energy spent trawling shops and markets for something that would please that didn’t cost the earth just had me in tatters by the Big Day. This year, for the first time, we are just not going to do it. The youngest one lives on another planet to the rest of us and just goes with the flow, and the two who are the organizers are going to bring Christmas after their fashion to us. The eldest is spending Christmas with her boyfriend’s family, and the middle one is working the entire holiday. It will be different, but much much less stressful and wasteful.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 12:50:56

        We did pretty much the same counting every penny and watching out for ways to economise! I admire you you as I did , did what you could. It does get harder when they get older and want what others have… Yet I find that see now what we strived to do for them. Still I don’t like this time of year…. Hey ho not long now. Bless you 💜💜💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 13:06:56

        The pressure to conform leaves scars. I hate it too and probably will for many years. I remember one year when we had friends round at Christmas and their eight year old asked to see what our nine year old had been given. Ours showed off her little presents proudly and the little bitch of a guest said ‘Is that all?’ Her mother was mortified, but children aren’t born with a list of Christmas presents that need checking off. She was taught what to expect. I was so upset.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:40:05

        It is so sad things like that weigh heavy on our souls and take for ever to leave our minds. My boys were thankfully grateful for whatever we got them. That child sounds a little madam I wander what she is like now. 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 20:18:35

        I expect she’s on a very lucrative university course now and probably going out with a young man who will also be on the way to career success.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 09:34:26

        Who knows? We can only hope her character has developed.💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 12:08:32

        We can hope 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 12:56:40

        Indeed we can 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 13:04:25


      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:16:04

        … or perhaps on the street, having been unable to support her “princess” image, and totally rebelling against society?

        “The more you have…. the more you have to lose”, and some people cannot accept loss of any sort because their self-esteem is dependent on image, and if their image becomes tarnished……..?

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:32:00

        Yes , I know people who wear the best close and have a beautiful house but no decent food to put on the table….. It is sad all show , no heart. 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:37:21

        She’s what everyone calls ‘level-headed’, studious, and focused—mainly on herself, it has to be said. I’d call her cold and unimaginitive, not the kind of kid who rebels or goes off the rails. She has too much of an instinct of self-preservation.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:49:40

        Self-centred, and determined 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:52:48

        She’ll get by.

      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:08:11

        I was once introduced to the saying “Behind every high achiever, are issues waiting to be resolved.” While obviously not 100% correct, it has been my experience that the majority of “drivers”, self-focused individuals, high achievers… are simply displaying those traits to anesthetize something in their past. Who knows what this young lady may be burying rather than dealing with it?

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:11:18

        The higher they climb the harder they fall.

      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:16:39

        That is usually the case isn’t it. Our problem is treating them with the same compassion and understanding that we would extend to others whose life is falling apart for whatever reasons.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:52:47

        Yes we must not judge 💜

      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:53:35


      • willowdot21
        Dec 25, 2017 @ 06:45:58


      • colinandray
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 13:38:23

        Children (quite naturally) compare themselves to their peers, and obviously cannot grasp the concept of inequality. It becomes a very difficult situation however, it is also preparing them for the “real world” where things are not equal. My daughter raised her daughter (my granddaughter) as a single Mom, and they too struggled. Now when I see my daughter (who has been fighting a brain tumor for many years), and also my granddaughter who also has some medical concerns, I am so proud of both of them. They both have a wonderful outlook on life and truly appreciate what little they have. In fact if my daughter gets more than she needs, she just gives it away.
        Have a really wonderful Christmas. We only need a roof over our head, food and security (peace), and if we have all that… then we are still ahead of a large portion of the world, and should offer thanks for that.
        I asked my daughter what she wanted for Christmas.

        (Her life has limitations as a result of aggressive radiation treatments; is dependent on government assistance for income; lives in a 1-bedroom apartment in a “conservative” building; has enough kitchen crockery to serve 2 people; has no alternative to public transport; has no internet).

        Her reply was priceless: “I don’t really want anything Dad, I have everything! I have family and friends, and I have a home”


      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:35:17

        You have raised your daughter well. 💜

      • colinandray
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:42:19

        We had many serious issues with her during her teens, but she turned out really good! I am very proud of her. 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:44:08

        And so you should be! As for “issues in her teens” that is all part of growing up. 💜

      • colinandray
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:48:19

        Absolutely Willow. I am convinced that the family that claims to have no problems with their teens… really must have the biggest problems! 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:56:08

        Yes indeed and people who project the image of a picture perfect family are lying to themselves…. Happy Christmas 💜💜

      • colinandray
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 16:58:53

        Denial is a wonderful escape mechanism, but it doesn’t solve anything does it. You have a wonderful Christmas also, and all the very best for 2018. 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 17:32:26

        Thank you Colin 💜🎄

      • colinandray
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 17:44:29


      • willowdot21
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 17:47:30


      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 22, 2017 @ 19:17:07

        You are so right about the real needs and how lucky we are compared with a goodly part of the planet. It needs a very open and healthy mind though to see that most of what is presented to us as must haves is worthless. Seems as though your daughter and grand daughter have that insight. To give our children a roof, decent food and a minimum of heat in the winter we did without TV, holidays (ever) buying anything new, like clothes, shoes, toys, books. The children never minded, were always warm, well-fed and happy. You can’t and maybe shouldn’t want anything more than that.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 09:32:54

        I agree. With you and Colin. 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 13:07:55


      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:10:57

        Great Comment Jane. Have a really wonderful Christmas, and all the very best for the New Year.

      • willowdot21
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:30:19

        I second that 💜

      • Jane Dougherty
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 14:33:47

        You too, Colin! We just have to keep focused 🙂

      • colinandray
        Dec 23, 2017 @ 15:02:36


  6. colinandray
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 23:02:56

    It is very sad to hear people talk about those living on the street as if they were there by choice. It is nobody’s dream to live on the street and beg for food. Perhaps if those critics simply took some time trying to understand why those individuals were driven to live on the street, they would be receptive to being part of the solution… being to get them into a program with education/training as necessary so they can be self-sufficient and regain their self-respect.


  7. noelleg44
    Dec 19, 2017 @ 23:43:52

    So sad, Willow, but I donate each year to the Durham Rescue Mission which does so much for the homeless in our area, Houses, clothes, feeds, trains, finds them jobs.


  8. Betty Hayes Albright
    Dec 20, 2017 @ 01:30:56

    So very sad. It’s just as bad over here. Thank you for posting this, Willow.


  9. Judy E Martin
    Dec 20, 2017 @ 18:08:25

    Very sad post, Sis. It is hard to imagine just how awful it must be living on the streets.


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  11. notfreudscouch
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 09:05:49

    Very sad. It breaks my heart to see people on the street. No where to go…. https://notfreudscouch.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/homeless-and-lonely/


    • willowdot21
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 13:10:24

      I have read your post and I do agree, a cup of coffee or a sandwich or as you say a “Hello” goes a long way. It is a sad fact and it’s getting more common!


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