When Christmas is Hard

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When Christmas is Hard

I have to admit that Christmas is my favorite time of the year. In our home, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. But, those sentiments are not true of everyone. The Christmas season can be the hardest time of the year. Christmas is hard for the 90-year-old man I’ve been counseling lately because he just lost his wife. This will be the first Christmas he will spend without her in 68 years.

I was interviewing an orphan in South Africa a couple months ago and asked her, “What is the greatest challenge you face as an orphan?” She replied, “When its Christmas time and everyone in my school talks about getting together with family and I have no family to be with.” I looked at her and simply replied, “I am so sorry. I have no idea what that must be like.” For me, Christmas is a wonderful time. For her, and many others, Christmas is hard.

If you’re in for a hard Christmas this year, here are some suggestions to make this season better:

  1. Remember your loved ones by sending cards, flowers, a text, or a phone call. With the ease of the internet, you can do that with just a couple of clicks.
  1. Go visit loved ones or good friends this holiday season. If they are true friends or family, no need to wait for an invitation. Call them up or surprise them.
  1. Go to a musical, a ballet, or a school performance. This one-hour investment of your time will bring great joy to this season.
  1. Serve those who are less fortunate in a local ministry.
  1. Make opportunities to spend time with others who may be experiencing a difficult time during this Christmas season. Think back through to those who may have lost loved ones or have a husband or wife who is deployed. But, don’t make this a pity party. Make it a Christmas party!
  1. Go to church! Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season! He is the reason we have any cause to celebrate. The fulfilled promises of His first advent give us great reason and hope to look forward to His second.