Christmas Bright & Christmas Blue
For our Christmas morning breakfast we had waffles, eggs, link sausage, coffee, tea, eggnog, and lots of conversation. A playlist of Christmas hymns and songs played in the background as we ate, talked, and laughed. Later in the day we joined another family for more of the same but this time we were slicing into prime rib and pouring wine.
Now all my Yuletides have not been nearly as full. Some late Decembers I went hungry and was mostly alone. I worked on December 25 several times and there was no one to come home to, no festive meal, no decor in the apartment to remind me of what season had arrived. I have known Christmas bright and also Christmas blue. It’s the blue that I want you and I to consider and as we do, let’s face it honestly.
Reach Out to Someone
First, is there someone that you could send a text or call on the phone or invite over who may be experiencing those post-Christmas blues? Be it individual or family, they would so appreciate your thinking of them and reaching out. When you consider that Jesus came all the way from Heaven to be with us—we sinners—then the efforts that we make to love our neighbors, especially during this time of the year, are good and right so to do.
Why Do We Feel Down?
Now secondly, what about you? How are you doing after all the activity has reached a crescendo? Feeling bright or feeling blue?
Christmas can be a downer for many but why? Why would anyone, except an unbeliever who was painfully aware that they had no legitimate part in the celebration, get depressed while surrounded with all the reminders that Jesus came to save us from our sins?
Maybe that’s it. They don’t see, hear, or understand that that is the greatest gift that any mortal could receive. Perhaps they are not enthused that because of Jesus coming to save them, “Glory to God in the highest and peace, good will toward men” is now possible.
Are they—you—trapped in sentimentality or nostalgia so strongly that you cannot break free so as to enjoy the gift of God? You have to make of Christmas what it is even though it may not have ever been authentically represented in what you have desired or experienced—Jesus’ birthday. It is about Him but also about what He came to do and to give to you. That’s the basis for everything else. Eggnog and tinsel are just extras.
Lonely & Disappointed?
Are they—you—hurting because of separation from family or friends through death or distance or estrangement? That is a tough one and if it applies to you, I wish it were not so. But again, if anyone can relate to your pain it is Jesus. He lost family and friends too. His family lived with scandal and were by all accounts poor and ostracized. But while others might be absent, Jesus promised that He will never leave you. He also promised (a promise that could not have been given without that first Christmas morning) that one day there will be no more death, separation, loss, pain, or estrangement. That is one of God’s gifts wrapped up in the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Christmas Day points to that glorious day.
Are they—you—disappointed with people, presents, and presentations? Were your expectations not met with what you unwrapped or who you were with or the special services that you attended? Sadness often permeates the soul who wants rather than gives. Maybe you should check that in yourself. We all have that same weakness that usually can be overcome by giving of ourselves rather than wanting others to give to us. Jesus came to give us abundant life and that wonderful life is realized by eradicating selfishness. Christmas is about giving. Give yourself to God and then give that life, that abundant life to others.
Have you found ways to make someone else’s Christmas more bright and less blue? Talk to us in the comments below.