How to Have a Great Christmas

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By the historical (traditional) Christmas calendar it is now the Advent season. Most of the western world (including evangelical protestant Christians) would call it the Christmas season. Regardless what you call it, it’s a time of great expectation and disappointment. A friend and mentor of mine explained it something like this: People are expecting and hoping for Norman Rockwell and instead end up with Freddy Kruger. This is, sadly, too true. Just yesterday I learned of a tragedy which will effect several families and possibly (probably even) shatter any happy Christmas mojo.

Personally, I’ll confess that I’m in a rather dark place. I am currently struggling through depression, frustration, a sense of being overwhelmed, and general lassitude. And yet Christmas (or Advent) is my most favorite time of the year. It is therefore understandable that I am asking myself how I can pull up out of these doldrums and enjoy the season.

Here’s my answer to myself:

Stop trying to pull yourself out of the doldrums. Stop trying to make sure you have a good Christmas. Instead pour yourself out doing everything you can to help others have a great Christmas. 

2 thoughts on “How to Have a Great Christmas

  1. I’ve tweaked slightly and added just one additional piece and to my answer:

    Stop trying to pull yourself out of the doldrums. Stop trying to make sure you have a good Christmas. Instead pour yourself out doing everything you can within healthy boundaries to help others have a great Christmas and take naps as needed.

    I’m sorry you’re struggling, brother. Fortunately, swapping out “have a great Christmas” for “experience God Among Us” does exactly the same thing for the other 11 months. 😀

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