Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Coming home is still central to the Christmas spirit

Coming home for Christmas is an enduring festive lyric, but it is also a deep yearning in many, many hearts. Airports, ferry terminals, trains and roads are all packed with travellers making the journey to share this special time of the year with family in spite of the forecast gales and torrential rain.

Our picture today of a little girl running across the airport terminal to leap into the arms of her granddad exemplifies the joy of families reuniting. This is all the more evident in Northern Ireland where family ties remain so strong despite generations leaving these shores. But no matter how far they go, the desire is always to return to spend time with those who mean most. Christmas is never the same when family members are missing.

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