One of my all time favourite Christmas specials is The Homecoming, the TV movie that was the precursor to the long-running series, The Waltons. In it, the Walton family is preparing for Christmas in 1930's rural Virginia. It is Christmas eve and they are waiting for their father John Walton to come home from his job in a city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried, and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers, but keep the news from the rest of the family. It is a simple story set in a simple time, but the coming home for Christmas subject resonates with me, as I suspect it does for a lot of people.
A quick Google search reveals a half-dozen or so movies with variation of the phrase as the title. The 1943 song I'll be Home for Christmas has been recorded by close to 150 singers since its first release.
Clearly for a lot of us, Christmas is about homecomings. For me, since I work at the Ottawa Humane Society, some of the homecomings are for our animals, especially those that have been waiting a very long time for their forever homes.
Jasper, a young, beautiful black cat has been waiting since last February. He is affectionate and playful, and all he needs is a special diet.
Jasper, Max and Stacie have been waiting a long time. Are you the person that will find it their heart to give a home to one of the animals that has been waiting? Will you help us make their dream of Christmas homecoming come true by spreading the word about these great pets?
And may you make it home for Christmas, wherever that is for you, and may all your Christmas dreams come true.