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Hard Times at the Holidays -- Chantee Williams

Written by Debbie Riek, Education Coordinator | Dec 20, 2010 1:51 PM

"It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's the hap-happiest season of all" croons Andy Williams describing, of course, Christmas. For many Pennsylvanians, Christmas time brings a reminder of the places they are not, the goals that remain unaccomplished and the struggles and challenges that they face every day. These daily stresses can be compounded by the pressure to feel hap-happy and the confusion of others about why they are not. Chantee Wiliiams and her four-year-old daughter, Sanai, have lived in Harrisburg city for about two years after moving to Pennsylvania from New York. Chantee is a single parent, works in a fast food restaurant, and is committed to creating a better life for young Sanai. Sanai shows me proudly around her home pointing out her Christmas tree as well as her washing machine and refrigerator and explaining politely that she and her mom have an upstairs AND a downstairs. Though her family's challenges are difficult, Chantee talks about trying to create the magic she thinks Christmas should be for Sanai.







Chantee Williams describes a typical morning







Chantee Williams shares the dreams she has for her daughter







Chantee Williams talks about what Christmas memories she has growing up







Chantee Williams talks about trying to put together Christmas for her daughter







Chantee Williams talks about the increase in stress at Christmas







Chantee Williams talks about what she wants Christmas to mean for her daughter



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