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Tidings of Comfort and Joy

It’s time.

December 1 + after Thanksgiving = Christmas extravaganza!

Okay, I admit, I started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. And, I started Christmas shopping a little earlier than normal this year (in June…). So, I guess I had a little extra dose of Christmas cheer this year!

I know a lot of people don’t like Christmas and to them I say, bah humbug!

Kidding, kidding.

Actually, I can understand the tidings of discomfort and sorrow. Some feel like the true meaning of Christmas- the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ- has been lost somewhere between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve. While I tend to agree, I also want to challenge those people to make it their mission to help spread the meaning and turn Christmas back to that focus. I don’t want to step on toes here, but it’s hard for me to believe that you’re upset about the commercialization of Christmas when you post pictures on social media of what you bought and/or received! Moving right along…

Some people may not like the Christmas season because they’ve recently lost loved ones, and it’s just difficult for them to get through this time of year without those people around. This is difficult. You don’t want to bring others down, but it can be hard to feel cheerful knowing that you’re going to be missing an important person in your life this year. First, let me hug you. I know it must be hard, and I’m sorry for your pain. For those of you who this applies to, why not use Christmas and the holiday season as an opportunity to celebrate the good things about those you have lost? Think about traditions you had with them and find ways to carry them on with the rest of your family. Have everyone write down memories of your loved one and put them in a scrapbook that you all pull out and read every Christmas season. Do whatever you can to make sure that your loved one is honored and celebrated.

Others may feel lonely during this time of year. That may because of losing a loved one or just a feeling of overall loneliness that is made worse by all of the cheerful people and celebrating going on. If that’s you, then please realize that you’re not alone. There are so many people in your life that care for you and want to encourage you (like me!). Reach out to your family, friends, and acquaintances. Set up coffee dates or even just a time when you can sit down and catch up. Life is so busy, especially during the Christmas season, and it’s easy for you to think that no one cares, when in reality, people often don’t think about how lonely and sad people can be right now. If you’re struggling to think of someone to talk to, then try a different tactic and make friends with a stranger. Don’t pick just any old stranger though. Go to a senior center and see if there are residents who don’t have family members close by. Take an opportunity to cheer someone else up and get some perspective on your own problems. And, if you pick the right person, you just might end up in someone’s will… 😉

(Too much? Ha!)

I hope that all of you can find something good about the Christmas season. You don’t have to go all Buddy the Elf, but try to find a reason to celebrate. And, if all else fails, remember that it will be over for another year in a mere 25 days!

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