Dodge the Christmas Blues
Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.
Maybe this is how you feel as the holidays grow closer and finally arrive. The hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and company visiting just start to overwhelm. Maybe it just doesn’t feel like Christmas — or worse — the season resembles the Griswold's more than the Walton’s.
Either way, you find that you just want to find a safe place and cry it out. We’ve probably all been there, or close to it, at least once in our lives. What helps me to stay out of this trap is keeping close to the real meaning of the season. We all know that it’s not about presents, food, or trying to impress the in-laws with how clean our house is. It’s about one simple thing … LOVE.
God sent His Son, His only begotten, to save all mankind from an endless abyss. Only through Jesus Christ is life even possible; only because of God’s love are we able to celebrate. When the holidays start to feel like a burden rather than a joy, these help to bring it all back into perspective:
- 3 Nephi 1:13 – The voice of the Lord speaks to Nephi and tells him that the time is at hand and the sign of His birth will be given that night. When the sun goes down, it stays as light as noonday until the sun comes up again the next morning. One of my favorite miracles from the scriptures.
- Linus, in the auditorium as the Peanuts gang practices for their Christmas pageant, recites Luke 2:8-14. When he finishes, he turns to Charlie Brown and says, “And that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.” I tear up just thinking about it.
- Young children and their spirit. They’re too young to understand all the distractions; they are just pure love and joy.
So I’ll be trying to avoid the pitfall of the holiday blues, but if I find myself starting to fall in, I’ll think of these things to remind me of what Christmas is all about: the love God had and still has for His creation.
Editor's Note: I love Brother Rich's list of pick-me-ups to bypass grinchiness this Christmas. Post a comment of your own and add something to the list!
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