According to the popular Christmas songs this is the happiest season of all. Perhaps that’s the way it should be, but it isn’t always, is it? Today’s devotional thoughts, reposted from Dr. Carol’s blog, give some solid, practical tips for dealing with the blues when they come caroling at your door.
Perhaps you’re too young to remember Elvis’s Blue Christmas, but you may find yourself fighting a serious case of the holiday blues this season. The pictures of families and Thanksgiving feasts on your social media feeds may have left you even more lonely or hurting inside. Your expectations have so often been disappointed – or worse – during past holiday seasons that now you have no idea how to face Christmas without being overwhelmed by the blues.
Failed expectations in the past can certainly give your Christmas a blue color. So can family conflict or drama, painful memories around past holidays, loss of a loved one, and more. Hallmark movies, commercial images of family and decorations and gifts, Christmas lights and music, and even our Christian holiday traditions sometimes paint an unrealistic picture of celebration when our world is so broken.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate! In fact, the darkness around us makes it even more read more