Feeling Sad During The Holiday Season

Christmas is a joyful, hopeful time. Click the image and see the Youtube video of how Little Angel Bright was made. Little Angel Bright by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Whether you say Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah, the fleeting weeks beginning with Thanksgiving and ending at the New Year are a time of celebration, activity, music, joy and . . . sadness.

Part of being a human, and living on this earth, means that you will never be 100 percent happy, all the time, because even in our most joyous moments, we are vaguely aware that good times, eventually, come to an end. Time marches on, the gift wrapping gets thrown away, and it’s back to the office on Monday morning.

Many people enter into the holiday season acutely aware of a loss — recent or distant — of someone who meant a lot to them. In the midst of serving pumpkin pie they remember that, not too long ago, someone else used to serve the pie, but she or he isn’t with everybody this year.

People die. Children grow up and away. Schedules change. Weather closes roads. For some reason or another, during this season when family — and being with family — means so very much to us, we can’t always have what we long for. And that makes us feel sad.

But we’re gutsy people, we human beings, and in the midst of sadness we grab for and bask in the happiness we can find. Yes, somebody is missing this year, but so many of the rest of us are together. Let us talk about and remember that person who is missing, and let us honor them by just loving them, praying for them if they are alive, thanking God for the time we had with them if they are not.

My gift of the season to you, my good and gracious readers, is the article Surviving the Holidays, at my BeliefNet column Commonsense Christianity. If you, like so many people, look forward to the next six weeks with a combination of hope, yet dread, then please read this story. I have written it for you, and I send with it my prayers for your peace.

Happy Thanksgiving, all year round.  — Carolyn

This article is linked to Mama BZZ, Hope in Every Season, Deep Roots at Home, Wholehearted Home, Raising Homemakers, Simply Helping Him, A Wise Woman, Coastal Charm, Growing Home, Walking Redeemed, A Little R and R, Adorned from Above, Nourishing JoyNatural Living MamaA Blossoming Life, The Prairie HomesteadMama DianeMoms the WordThe Chicken ChickMy Joy Filled LifeAlderberry HillA Mamas StoryMemories by the MileTeaching What Is Good, Growing HomeLittle House in the SuburbsOur Heritage of HealthA Peek into My ParadiseEssential Things,

7 Responses

    1. Thank you Debi and Charly — when I was younger, I couldn’t imagine that the holidays could ever be difficult, but as the years went by and experience increased, I began to understand. It’s important to know that we’re not alone — that other people understand, and most importantly, not only that God does, but that we know that He does. — Carolyn

    1. Thank you, Sarah. The love of your mother does indeed live on through you, and you give it to your own precious children. I pray for you through this season, that moments of joy will blindside you, engulfing you in God’s love. — Carolyn

  1. Thank you for this post, Carolyn. It is easy to forget, in the midst of “Christmas cheer,” there are those who suffer acutely during this season. Very thoughtful post. God Bless. Hilary at Wholesome Reads

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