It's OK to Be Sad at Christmas

I finished our Christmas cards early this year. Wrote a nice "here's what we've been doing" letter to include. Got them in the mail. We sent them out early this year because we bought a new home just this summer and many on our extended family and friends list don't have the new address. ...more
Thank you! I have been feeling sad, also- and this helps put things in perspective!more

Sometimes We Need Comforting, too.

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you," says the Lord. ~Isaiah 66:13 In this holiday time, sad feelings can overtake us. Even though we may feel joyful around others, when we are alone such as driving home from work, in the shower or standing in line at the grocery store, sad, even lonely feelings can somehow overtake us. Does it mean we are depressed? Does it mean we are ungrateful? Does it mean we are oblivious to our blessings?...more

When the holidays just plain hurt

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ---Leo Buscaglia For some of us, the holiday season can be the spiritual equivalent of crawling through broken glass. If your holiday is up-tempo, it may be easy to miss the signs in people around you that say they are having it rough. Everywhere are the songs of family, of togetherness, of "no place like home for the holidays” of people having their “holly jolly Christmas” or gathering around the Thanksgiving table to full gathering of family eating a bird and fixings designed by Norman Rockwell. The TV commercials show perfectly intact nuclear families. TV special movies are about families rallying at the last minute to become whole again, to reunite, to become the perfect family once again. They are full of the successful reconciliations of which some of us only dream. No one is left divorcing or divorced – dying or ill or mourning – hurting or suffering for any reason. During Thanksgiving/Hannukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Years, America suddenly creates images of herself as a combination of the Cosby family, Beaver Cleaver’s family, and the Brady bunch -- all perfect and smiling as they deck the halls, light the menorah, carve the bird or sing Auld Lang Syne. No problem is so gigantic that it cannot be solved in a one hour special. ...more

I know it exists, and I think it's important to write posts like this one that tell us it's ...more