On Air: Christmas away from home?

WHYS is getting festive.  Whether you’re a troop in Afghanistan, a migrant worker or an international  student, we’d like to hear from you. This Christmas day, we’re aiming to get WHYS listeners talking to their loved ones live wherever they are in the world. The Brownsville Herald have launched a ‘Letters Home’ campaign for troops stationed abroad – we’ll see if we can hook up with them in some way. So if you are away from your loved ones this Xmas and would like to speak to them live on WHYS, get in touch.

30 Responses to “On Air: Christmas away from home?”

  1. 1 T
    December 15, 2009 at 17:28

    Very cool idea, WHYS:)!

  2. 2 Tom K in Mpls
    December 15, 2009 at 17:52

    I haven’t been much of a Christmas person since I was about 13. But having been in the military, I can tell you this is a cool idea. I don’t know how the improvements in global communications have affected what the troops get from home. But one thing I’m sure is still true is that a strange surprise will do a lot to improve morale for days.

    If someone were interrupted, even from a good sleep (especially? ) by someone perhaps in costume, and given a good connection with family, it would mean a lot to them and give those around them something to talk about for days. As the band DEVO said, ‘Dare to be Stupid’.

  3. 3 pattin in cape coral
    December 15, 2009 at 18:37

    I think this is such a nice idea. I will be long distance from my husband this Christmas, and hopefully this is the last Christmas we are apart. At least we can easily speak over the phone, even though our phone bill is stupidly expensive at times. More power to you, WHYS!

  4. December 16, 2009 at 03:07

    This will very helpful for me and many others out of there countries. I used to send Christmas greetings through BBC Network Africa to my friends and relatives all over the wrold when I was living in Guinea away from Liberia. Since I came to Japan in 2007 to study at the Asia Pacific University, I have never had the opportunity to do such thing through BBC Network Africa. Last year, I did send Christmas treat to my relatives as usual, but am not sure if they were read out. In fact a friend from the USA just wrote and asked me to give him the BBC Network Africa’s mailing address so that he can do as I used to do when in Afirca.

    So, if you can help me speak directy with my relatives and friends around the world, it will be great. I am really lonely here, because I am the only Liberian among thousand of students at my University in Beppu, Japan. Should very much appreciate this.

  5. 5 scmehta
    December 16, 2009 at 14:22

    All those who fight for a good cause are the loved ones of whole of the grateful world; MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF THEM.

  6. 6 John Wayne
    December 22, 2009 at 06:44

    Festival or holiday, but in China with such a large population. The transportation will be heavy. Better to understand the culture behind Christmas than only rush for a simply celebration.More respect and love to those who are in war, famine, blizzar. Merry Christmas to all, rich and poor, young and old..

  7. 7 t
    December 22, 2009 at 17:59

    Just out of curiousity. How much is the average WHYS monthly phone bill?

  8. December 23, 2009 at 04:12

    brilliant idea,away from the woes of the U.K.;how long will it be before they get a transport system that we can trust; yes I know they’ll say it was the weather this year but how many other years have they blamed the weather or even leaves onthe line,the wrong kind of rain we got caught out by the heavy snow,can the list go on for ever?

  9. 9 guykaks
    December 23, 2009 at 10:24

    I love the noble idea!christmas is here and we should keep intouch.

  10. December 25, 2009 at 14:51

    I am a man of secular principles and very open minded thinking.
    I am a Hindu,forward community from South India.
    I used to read all religious literature whenever,time was found.
    Many Christian heads,pastors,nuns and many church heads had visited to my house and we had common prayer for every body!s welfare.
    Whenever, i was on official tour,i used to read Bible during rest hours.
    Here,today, i have listened and watched Christmas songs and Jesus Christ sayings from TV channels.
    When i have faced a sudden problem,tension and uneasy situations, a true Christian had helped us to get confidence and the meaning of life,good thoughts etc and He had refused to accept any offering or any favor from us.
    He came like an angel and disappeared from continuous contacts.
    Many close relatives and friends are in western countries with very high positions and their children were born to their second home land.
    They are all celebrating Christmas and New Year on grand scales and mingling with their country culture and with them on day today life.
    Christmas to be enjoyed and have lot of happy occasions by wearing new,nice dresses, church visits and with their friends and relatives homes.
    Nice and interesting festivals,This has to be nourished and to be enjoyed,feel happiness for every body!s prosperity.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  11. 11 Kate in Morocco
    December 25, 2009 at 16:42

    I’m in Rabat, Morocco. Parents, sister, soon-to-be brother in law are in Cary, NC. I’m working here taking students around on cultural programs in Morocco (bringing together the West and Arab world one person at a time, inshallah). It’s my third year celebrating Christmas away from home and it makes me sad, but next year, for SURE I will be with my family.


  12. 12 ryan
    December 25, 2009 at 17:10

    im working in another country , away from my family even though my mom flew to me just before the holidays and i will be flying to my girlfriend in feb, getting into Christmas without that love of a common people is just hard. that God for skype and the internet but nothing beats being in the presents of people.

    Good luck to the troops, on both sides of the fence, and their families, just for today i pray no one gets killed or goes killing.

  13. 13 Elizabeth C from Ohio
    December 25, 2009 at 17:17

    This is a wonderful idea. Though I am spending this Christmas with my mom and grandma I’m thinking about all my relatives that I won’t get to see or talk to this year.

  14. 14 Julia in Portland
    December 25, 2009 at 17:25

    Hello, WHYS!

    I am spending the holiday alone. Still looking for work, anticipating the end of my unemployment benefits and studying for certification tests. My focus right now is on having all of these things wrapped up and resolved by the end of January. I am studying and working on those things today. So Christmas is a day to appreciate the family and friends I have, I can do that from anywhere. I am thrilled that all my family will be having a special holiday back home. Will probably talk to them on Skype and get the lowdown on all the fun they are having. That is enough for me.

    This has been a difficult year for so many people and it is sometimes hard to find the positive, but it is there. I’ve had it very good compared to many. I hope all the troops and the people who love them can be together soon. My hopes also go out to the people looking for work or who need better health and some peace of mind. I truly believe 2010 will be better.

    • 15 stephen/portland
      December 25, 2009 at 19:40

      Nice said Julia

      I remember you got laid off from the University this year. Hope things get better in Portland with the employment situation. Things can only get better here at least in 2010!

      Merry Xmas.

  15. December 25, 2009 at 17:30

    I am not a christian but I celebrate christmass with friends and some of my family members who are christians. Actually, its extremely painfull spendin christmass away from home. No christmas celebration for me this year, what a pity.

  16. December 25, 2009 at 18:30

    Though I am not a xtian, but I so much enjoy the chrismas for I have a lot of friends who are christans, but I don’t know if this is possible if WHYS will connect me with my President, Musa Yaradua or his wife who are celebrating xmas in Saudi Arabia, if they are hearing tell them we miss them and will wish to talk to them.

  17. 18 Blaise Buma
    December 25, 2009 at 19:07

    I am an international student in the United States and I am unable to go home Cameroon) and spend the Christmas with my family. I left home to go to school in the US only s four months ago and but I miss my family a lot.

    Today, my family back in cameroon will be getting together with friends to celebrat. It will be a moment of reunion, reconciliation and refelction. I will be missing my family and if they are listening to WHYS, I want to tell them that I love them and I hope to see them soon.

    Laurel, MD

  18. 19 Lisa
    December 25, 2009 at 19:17

    I am not with my son because he was killed in a care accident four years ago, it is a very tough time. He was 21 years old and my only child, his name is Philip and is missed desparately. Anyone who is missing their child my heart goes out to you. You are not alone, however they are not with you, war, death, missing, it is tough nay day. God bless you all! Lisa in Florida.

    • December 26, 2009 at 05:07

      Dear Friend,
      After reading of your sayings, i was shocked to hear the demise of your son in a car accident.
      Me heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
      We are with you always.
      I pray for more strength and more well being for future years.
      God is always with us.

  19. 21 Blaise Buma
    December 25, 2009 at 19:18

    Thanks for reading my comment. But there was a mistake in pronouncing my name. My name is Blaise Buma.

    I wish everyone in the Studio and everyone listening to this program a merry Christmas, be it christian or non christian.


  20. 22 t
    December 25, 2009 at 19:20

    At home as I write this. Presents, Xmas lunch and talking to people online all over the world.

    In 2010, here’s to keeping a positive balance. And to the power of networking. It’s a matter of the tools you use (Skype, etc.) and your creativity as you get your message out. Think outside the box.

  21. 23 jc
    December 25, 2009 at 19:40

    well atleast the BBC will get some blessings from this programme
    thumbs up!!!!!
    happy birthday j
    jc singapore

  22. 24 Eric
    December 25, 2009 at 19:55

    Christmas unites people in Kenya.Here in kenya most folks go back to their home villages where they have parties. It is usually these times when family members who have not seen for a long time get together. This is really a huge thing in kenya because today there was hardly any cars in the streets which usually have traffic jams.As i am blogging Nairobi which is mostly loud is quiet. Most people just Go to the villages to have time with family.I know few family members who have met each other on 25 Dec after years of living and working in different parts of the country. Merry Christmas to all WHYS Listeners and to the BBC Team AND Presenters

  23. 25 Tom D Ford
    December 25, 2009 at 20:09

    Well, this time it was my turn to just listen.

    OK, WHYS guys, whoever came up with the idea for this show deserves some kind of Grammy or Emmy or BAFTA or the like.

    What will we call it?

    A WHYSie?

    A WHYSup?

    A WHYS-man or WHYS-woman?

    I don’t know, but this was a great and well done show, so congratulations to all involved.

    And one heaven of a job presenting, Sheetal!

    Happy Boxing Day to all of you Brits!

  24. 26 Harry T. Conway
    December 25, 2009 at 20:16

    I have been away from home, Liberia since August 2009 studying at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands. This being the first time to away from home since 1999 has made this X-Mas extremely difficult and lonely. I off my hat to those who stay such long time away from family and friends. It is so difficult. I cannot wait to complete my studies come October 2010 and return home.

  25. 27 Tom D Ford
    December 25, 2009 at 22:09

    I know!

    The award for the person who came up with this idea, is a WHYSky!

  26. 28 Tom D Ford
    December 26, 2009 at 01:28

    I just want to remind everyone of The Christmas Truce of WW1. That was a Christmas away from home to learn from.

  27. December 26, 2009 at 07:48

    The merriest aspact of the merriness of Merry Christmas is the feeling of the beating of the subject’s heart, but not the feeling of how others have felt your heartbeats or heartaches or how you can feel others’.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours.

  28. 30 claudine
    December 28, 2009 at 01:30

    The soldier on that picture seems to be very VERY well fed.
    If that is life in Afghanistan I want to go there, too.

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