Well... We got another Christmas just a day and a half away. A time of joy for most. Yet, I have some real close friends that this season only brings sorrow and depression. I don't have all the answers on this matter, but I can say I've been there at one time.
It was 35 years ago, Christmas Eve, that my mother died after a nearly month long hospitalization. I was an 11 year old kid at the time. She had relapsed into severe alcoholism after my father died a little over 2 years prior. You'd think I'd be over it by now, but it's really just been in the last couple of years that I haven't been in a severe funk myself.
The worst thing anyone can do, in my opinion, is to get caught up in all this hustle bustle of the season. There is no need to try to keep up with the Jones when it comes to holiday shopping. I have one dear friend that has 3 kids, two of them over 18, who she can't afford presents for. She feels horribly depressed about this. I can't stress this enough... Christmas is not about all the material things, for those who believe, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. For the non believers, it can still be time reflect and begin a fresh start in life.
My friends, I want to take this time to wish all of you the merriest of the Christmas holiday. Take the time to enjoy your family and thank God for all the blessings in your life.