Ok.. now I of all people am not being scrooge. I adore everything about Christmas. Sights, smells, tastes.. all of it!!! It brings me great joy, the entire holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years! I love it. However.. as I look around me, it is not the same for most people. They are sad, bitter, depressed, and stressed. They are certainly not humming “fa la la la la la la la la” . It is more like blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. They are smiling and grinning, but not really enjoying the season. They are just trying to get through it.
There are many reasons why. Lost loved ones they are thinking about, pressures of gift giving, family issues.. it seems to all really surface during the Christmas season. This is the time of year that more people suffer from depression than any other time of the year. I encourage you as we go into this season, focus on the reason for the season to begin with. Jesus wouldn’t want you to go in debt trying to provide a crazy Christmas for everyone you know. Try to figure out what you can do and just do that. Christmas is about celebrating the fact that Jesus is Emmanuel.. He is God with us.
Instead of getting depressed and stressed, realize that God is with us. That is what Christmas is all about, being close to those you love. Just like God wanted to be close to us so he sent Jesus. Let Him fill your holidays with love and peace! Don’t fake it through the holidays… relish in the holidays!! So.. come on.. hum a tune!