Hello, If you are reading this, you suffer from Christmas depression. Maybe you are missing a loved one. That is certainly one reason for depression over the holidays. I have a friend that says depression is focused on the person. There is truth to that, however, knowing that is true does not necessarily help with the depression. One of the things that can get me down is what I call Christmas expectations. I know that sounds crazy, but you want the house to be perfect, energy to bake cookies, or pies. you want people to show up for your Christmas party. Maybe you are like me and just want an excuse to cook that 20 pound turkey or that ham. You can not help but to think “How on earth am I going to use all those leftovers?” Then you realize there is not a Christmas party, because the disappointment of no one showing up is just too much. I mean you invited any family that is remotely related to you, you invited friends, you made lots of food and there was even alcohol. Since you drink only occasionally, three years later, you still have not found a dessert or some other dish to use it; therefore it is still there up in the cupboard. You can’t help but to think about if I try to throw another Christmas party am I going to have zounds of cookies that I am taking everywhere just to get rid of them. Have a job at a different school? take a plate of cookies. I took cookies everywhere that year. I mailed them, and I still threw out about 5 dozen cookies; see I invited many people to an open house come anytime between the hours of … stay for a while or just long enough to get some refreshment before you go about your way. No one not one person showed up. The depression of wanting to be included in one Christmas party and not even having an invitation can be overwhelming. I made the house perfect, yet no one came, I played Christmas music, secular and Christian. You could hear it outside. Our Christmas decorations were spectacular. No one came.
This is where those of us who are suffering depression during the Christmas season need to focus on Jesus. This year I have learned of a couple of places that the Homeless stay, those that have absolutely nothing. Some of our leftovers are going there. That is something Jesus tell us to do, care for the homeless. Give the poor a coat. I have too many coats. There is a laundromat, where homeless stay, it is open 24/7, even Christmas day. I know the person that is the manager, i should tell her in advance, but I know her heart is just like mine; that is where we are putting stuff on Christmas day.
YET STILL I HAVE NOT MENTIONED THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
Jesus’ birth the reason we are celebrating. I know I am sad because I just want someone to share my Christmas. My family is so far away. There are a few here where I live, but they don’t like me so they won’t come (that is a different story). But I have to focus on Jesus to get me through this time that is supposed to be of cheer. That is what you have to do as well. FOCUS ON JESUS, REMEMBER IT IS HIS BIRTH.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.