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Heartbreaking Christmas Day Stories That Remind Us That Not Everyone Is Joyful This Time Of Year

The supposed most wonderful time of the year is actually the most painful time of the year for some of us. For some, it's just an in-your-face reminder of our solitude. Others have to explain to their children why they don't have the means to get them nice gifts like their friends. Then there are those who are missing their lost loved ones extra on the days they can no longer share with them.

Whatever the unfortunate circumstances, let's be mindful of each other. And if these stories remind you of yourself, remember that you're not alone.

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Some Are Sick

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"I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and new year's (all in the same year, in one stay) in an inpatient psychiatric ward when I was 16. Nobody called, picked up the phone or came to visit me." - legendarywildchicken / Reddit

No matter the illness, no one should spend Christmas locked up in a hospital, surrounded by death, misfortune, and diseases instead of love, comfort, family, and good food. Yet, this is the case for many, especially those whose families have given up on them.

Some Don't Have Money

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"I had just moved to Florida, I had no money, next to no furniture, no family, no friends, and while I technically had a job, I hadn’t started yet. My ex gave me a box of lights and garland but I didn’t have a tree or anything like that. I strung the garland and lights around a stool (one of the few things I did have - a small table and stool I was able to drive down with) and I stared at the lights and drank a bottle of wine alone." - deleted / Reddit

While a person can make do when they're alone, having little money on Christmas is even more difficult for bigger families and small children. Children simply can't understand why they're different than the others or deserve less, and some families can barely even eat that night let alone host a whole feast.

Some Are Without Family

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"My dad died unexpectedly 7 years ago just a week before Christmas. Mom died in October. This year has been the hardest, saddest Christmas. Even beats the year I came home early from work to find my now ex-husband in bed with my best friend." - idontwhoiamanymore / Reddit

Sometimes Christmas coincides with a difficult time and a period of transition. While getting through the downs is hard on its own, it's even harder during the holidays without the people you once relied on.

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Some Have No Where To Go

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"One year I wasn't permitted to go home for Christmas and had to stay with my foster family. I spent that Christmas in the hand-me-down pajamas I'd worn for three days straight in the cold basement, while I could hear everyone laughing from upstairs. They had other relatives over too. I wasn't included because I wasn't a 'part of the family'". - strqwberryoreos

Some people are sadly dealt difficult cards by no fault on their own. No matter the level of their resiliency, some things are just outside of their control and not everyone shows them sympathy for it.

Some Are Grieving

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Tanya Dusett

My brother died nine years ago. He was the only one who called me or brought me to his place for Christmas. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and lung issues and I spend every damned day alone.

Mostly I am fine. But Christmas to New Years is just hell. I mean, at 55 On a disabled pension I do not think that is likely to change. I find ways to, you know, find joy and all of that, but I miss my brother. It is at Christmas I feel it most. Like a lot of people." - SamhainsJourney / Reddit

Remember that Christmas is difficult for people of all ages. The holiday can hold just as much value for children as it does for older adults.

Some Carry A Bad Memory

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"My father left my mother and I for his new girlfriend right before Christmas. He came back on Christmas day with a friend of his to collect his presents from underneath the tree. He said goodbye to the family cat but not to me, his only child." - deleted

When a traumatic or sad event takes place during the holiday season, it can taint that season for the rest of that person's life. The association of the memory with the timing is too difficult to get past for some, so every year during the holiday season, it feels like they have to relive that memory all over again.

Being Alone Doesn't Mean Being Without Purpose

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Father With Down Syndrome Raises Proud Doctor and Proves That Love Is Most Powerful Of All

Thanks to a viral video interview, Sader Issa has found a way to share with the world how his father's love transcended all other obstacles and made him the successful doctor that he is today. Despite being diagnosed with down Syndrome, this father never failed to fulfill his role and support his son.

Sader told the Syrian Society for Social Development all about being raised by his dad who has Down Syndrome, this is their inspirational story.

Sader's Childhood Was Just Like Any Other's

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Sader was born, to a family that welcomed him, and wanted to spoil and love him. When he thinks back on his childhood, he reminisces on nothing but good and happy memories. He never once mentions being embarrassed by his father or thinking that his family was different. Instead, he remembered feeling very loved. In fact, his father would actually make the time to bond with him, spending time wrestling, thumb wrestling, among other games.

Luckily for the family, the community accepted them and even looked up to the love and peaceful bonds they all shared. To each other, and to the outside world, they were just another happy family, finding their strength in their love for one another.

Shame Was Replaced By Pride

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The beautiful thing about children, is that they are not born separating people into categories. They just long to love and be loved. Thinking someone is different or being ashamed for having a parent with a disability is only taught through society's conditioning. Sader isn’t ashamed of his father. He never was. Instead, he's proud because it's thanks to him that he is the man that he is today. Not only is he successful and healthy, but he also feels proud of the values he developed thanks to his family's upbringing.

Others are even envious of his ability to form meaningful and loving relationships, just like the one he shares with both of his parents. His father's condition was always a blessing, teaching him at a young age how to love strongly, and not cave into the negative thinking of others. He became independent, generous, and kind thanks to his experience of living so closely with someone who had Down Syndrome but defied the odds.

The Father And Son Duo Took Life On Together

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Sader didn't feel like his father was held back by his condition. In fact, the duo even used to work together at the wheat mill near their home to save for college. Sader's father was always committed to working hard and providing a secure and stable life for his son. He wanted him to study and follow his passion of becoming a doctor. His father never even expected anything in return.

“I’m proud of my father. Throughout my life he has been the greatest support for me when I needed it,"“I think I would’ve been much less excited about life and much less passionate with what I do if I didn’t have my special father,” explains Sader proudly.

Sader's Father Became A Role model

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There was something special about the way Sader's father always worked hard, exceeding expectations but never asking for anything in return. Seeing his son's happiness and success was enough for him. Now, seeing his son become a successful dentist is the best gift he could imagine.

“It’s possible to see when his eyes are filled with joy and satisfaction as if to express: yes, I have Down syndrome, but I raised this man and did everything in my power to make him become a doctor and help others.” says Sader.

The beautiful part is that Sader might have not become as successful if he didn't truly look up to his dad. He always saw him as a role model and a figure of perseverance, positivity, and determination. The way his father led his life, overcoming obstacles on a daily basis was not only inspiring to others but to Sader as well.​

The Power Of Love Is Unconditional

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Sader's family hopes to raise awareness about the children of parents/ with Down Syndrome who love their children unconditionally. Researchers who studied parents who have children with Down Syndrome found that 99% of them reported loving their children, feeling proud and having a positive outlook on life because of their children. Just like any other parent, their priority is to make their child feel loved and live a happy life.

Sader hopes everyone can see that his father was just as capable as any other parent. "Let us give them a chance and see what great capabilities they have."

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His Parent's Bond Is Never Fading

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The loving relationship between Sader and his father is quite inspiring but so is the one between his father and mother who has been together for decades. Yet, according to Sader, their love is just as strong as the day they got married. They have an understanding of each other's needs and are able to meet in the middle.

They often go on walks together or just sit and talk for hours on end. They set an optimal example and standard for healthy relationships for their son.

All Stereotypes Can Be Broken

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Today Sader is a high-paid dentist in Syria and he continues to live a life full of love and happiness which is in itself priceless. His father continues to show him off proudly telling people and m my son is a doctor” with a twinkle in his eyes. The family is continuing to prove to the world every day that love is more powerful than anything and that can be enough to break stereotypes and defy all odds.

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