6th December 2021

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Lee Waters MS joins Santa Dash to raise funds for Christmas meal for homeless

IT is that time of year when perfectly sensible people go completely bonkers and begin dressing in red outfits, beards and antlers. Earlier than usual, Christmas lights have been appearing on homes. Christmas tress have been erected and Christmas lunches are being served. And who could blame anyone for wanting a bit of early Christmas cheer when it has been such an ‘annus horribilis’, to borrow a phrase from one who is suitably qualified to comment.

2020 will be remembered for many things and it will also be a year many will wish to forget. As we head towards what should be a time of great celebration, sharing, caring and the giving of gifts, we are facing a time of uncertainty, of suffering and of restrictions of our freedoms.

Many will be trying to make the most of the opportunity to celebrate. There are still many things we can all do and services, which are available. Many businesses will be feeling the pinch as shoppers turn to online for their retail therapy. The town of Llanelli is usually a hub of activity, events planned like the Christmas Carnival have fallen by the wayside, replaced by a virtual carnival.

We are in effect all confined to being with our closest friends or families, which has its own merits and rewards. There are many though, who will be alone and those that may even be homeless. It really will be a bleak winter for many. In the bleak mid winter is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, which encapsulates the simplicity and humble surroundings of Christ’s birth.

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.

Christmas is one of the most important Christian and cultural holidays of the year. For those looking for a meaning to Christmas, it is quite literally translated as Christian Mass. It’s a shortened form of Christ’s Mass. The Christmas story is recorded in Luke 2:4-19.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Rather than submit to the darkness there is also opportunity to shine in the wonderful Christmas light, which comes about through the true meaning of Christmas and the faith of one and all. There are countless numbers of people we come across each year, giving selflessly to others. The Salvation Army offers a hot meal to people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Doctors, nurses, carers and so many others will get up and go to work as usual, taking complete responsibility for others and themselves while we celebrate. It goes without saying that the strain on the mental health of some will be telling.

Each year we attend the annual Walrus Dip and Santa Dash. Unfortunately these and other events have been cancelled. There are those who are finding ways to adapt and hold smaller versions. Clare Doyle cancelled the Santa Dash but took part with Llanelli’s MS Lee Waters who dressed up as Santa and dashed 6km. This Christmas Clare and her team at CDS Security at Coastal Park Hotel will use the funds to provide Christmas lunches for the homeless and those who find themselves alone.

The “Llanelli Santa Dash” Facebook Page is open for donations via the just giving page and there is a photo sharing option for anyone putting their effort into running in festive outfits to raise more donations. Clare said: “We want to see your photos and share your fun.”

The just giving page can be found here.

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