Beating The Holiday Blues

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Beating the Holiday Blues
By Rhonda Frye

Christmas is usually the most wonderful time of the year, but I admit this year my spirit is dampened. There will be two vacant chairs at the dining room table for our traditional Christmas dinner, two less gifts to buy, two less hugs to receive. This is our first Christmas without my grandmother and mother in law. I would say we “lost” both of them in April, but we haven’t lost them at all. Because of “Christmas” and then “Easter,” I can say with confidence, I know exactly where they are. But, Christmas won’t be the same without them.
I’m sure I’m not alone in battling the holiday blues. Perhaps loss, or a financial crisis, a relational breakdown, a health issue may be dampening your spirit too. If your heart is saddened this Christmas season, here are a few tips to help you make it through.

1. Remember, this too shall pass. Focus on the fact that that we are living in a temporary home and that Jesus Christ will make all things right. It’s just a matter of time.
2. Remember to keep taking your burdens to Jesus. The whole purpose of Christmas was for Jesus to dwell among man to experience life with us. He has already experienced everything that we go through, so we can tell Him everything we feel. He really understands.
3. Fake it ‘til you make it! Continue to do some of the same Christmas activities you’ve enjoyed in the past even if you don’t feel like it. Often times, God will reward our efforts and surprise us with unexpected blessings.
4. Do something for someone else. There is always someone somewhere that is in a worse situation or condition than you. Just volunteer at a homeless shelter, visit nursing homes or take doughnuts to a hospital waiting room and you’ll see!
5. Start a brand new Christmas tradition. Instead of focusing on the Christmas traditions you can’t carry out this year for whatever reason, start something new.

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