The Christmas holiday is a joyous occasion as we celebrate with family and friends the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time of giving and getting presents under the tree. It is a time of drinking egg nog and loosening our belts because we ate too much for dinner.
Christmas can also be a time of great stress and pain because of the loss we have felt over the past year or years. Losing a spouse. Losing a significant relationship. Losing a child. When we think on these losses, joy turns to sadness and depression. It’s a time of wishing that Christmas would just go away. For those who are experiencing Christmas in this way, I would encourage you to click on the link below as my daughter Debi, a psychologist and director of the counseling center at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago has written an article that helps us deal with the joy and pain of the Christmas Holiday. I hope you enjoy.