Dreaming of a BLUE Christmas
that supposed to be "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas? That's what everybody
else is singing! The decorations are up and the carols are playing in the mall.
The merchants are already chanting "only 37 more shopping days till Christmas".
Soon Santa will be appearing. There will be cards to send, presents to buy and
wrap, parties to plan and attend
It all sounds quite jolly, so why don't
I feel that way? Even worse, how will I get through this season when I seem to
be so out of step with everyone else?
of us may be facing an empty chair at the Christmas dinner table, while others
may be dining alone. Christmas without those closest to us can be the loneliest,
most painful time of the year.
Still others may be overwhelmed with the
stress of endless shopping and socializing, especially in the current economic
situation. It gets harder and harder to find all the "right" gifts without
blowing the budget for the next 6 months.
can we find the "Peace on Earth" and "Joy to the World" promised
by the angels when their singing is drowned out by our sorrow or the noises of
the materialistic society around us? How can we cope with the loss, grief, loneliness
and stress we feel when everyone else is celebrating? How can we get through the
Christmas season not only intact but with some sense of meaning? First we have
to acknowledge our feelings as real and valid. Only then can we seek ways to deal