Isaiah 9:6 - For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
As we walk into the holiday season, for some instead of being jolly, they find themselves drenched in depression.
Bright lights don’t cause you to walk into the light of joy. Popcorn and bringing out Hallmark movies may not cause you to feel nostalgic, especially if you don’t have many happy memories. And evenings by the fireplace don’t warm you inside, but leaving you out in the cold.
Perhaps you empty-nested this year and don’t have your kids around to enjoy all of the preparations for Christmas, so you put aside the ornaments and tinsel and don’t even bother to put up a tree.
Perhaps you’re single and have no one to attend get-togethers with and so you stay home rather than face all the smiling faces of couples.
And perhaps you already suffer from chronic depression and the holidays just plunge you deeper into a darkening world.
What can we do to help us enjoy Christmas instead of being depressed about it? Find some tips, such as plan your holiday schedule ahead of time, forget about making everything perfect, and how to avoid family conflict in the article, “11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers,” on health.com.
Now that you’ve discovered some ways to help exchange depression for the gift of Christmas, we can find the wonder all over again and receive joy to light up our hearts and lives.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.