That is not a politically correct sentiment I know. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, not everyone is looking forward to this holiday. I do celebrate Christmas and wish to extend my best wishes for all, no matter if they celebrate Christmas or not. Think of an appropriate holiday you do celebrate and consider this my best wishes for that holiday.
For many Christmas is not a happy time. Some are going through that first Christmas without a loved one. For some they have gotten through that first Christmas, but always the thought of that loved one is present and even more so at holidays. For you, I do hope that you can find a measure of peace and comfort in the memory of your loved ones and in Christmas’ past. Sometimes it helps to develop a tradition for Christmas that honors the memory of the loved one. For me, it was the giving of an angel to my mother for the loss of my brother. We were able to remember him in the gift and display of the angel. For others it may be a visit to the graveyard, lighting a candle or doing some activity you feel honors them or that they enjoyed. What ritual or tradition you might begin can be personal or something the whole family participates in.
Not everyone enjoys Christmas time. Sometimes for persons with depression the holidays can be tough. No matter how they try, the sound of Merry Christmas grates on them like fingernails on a black board. If you know someone like that it may help to just offer your love instead of Christmas Greetings. Persons who are under stress or tension may find that tensions are increased at this time. And some family’s who have tensions among the members may find that that tension heightens at this time. For some, the day off means more exposure to the abuser and sometimes more alcohol brought into the mix. For those I can only wish that they will continue to tell themselves that it is almost over. The carols will end after tomorrow, life gets back to more like usual.
Ok, enough gloom and doom. I do wish each and everyone who comes here a safe and happy day.