While Christmas Day is still a fresh memory to most, some of us may still be suffering through the holiday season. True, that may sound a bit melodramatic – unless you’re one of those suffering ones…
I always wondered how people could not be happy around the holidays. I mean, ok, maybe you did experience some tragedy or have a painful memory or loss sometime in the past around this time, but, really, with all the joy and music and gift-giving and partying and children’s laughter…how hard could it be to push it aside for awhile, right?
I hate how hard it is for me to learn, sometimes. How I sometimes have to “walk a mile” to be empathetic. I’m not bashing myself, mind you, but I just wish it wouldn’t take experience to “get” a lesson or two…
This has been a difficult Christmas for me, and it has allowed me to really understand how many of you may have been handling grief during this season of joy; some of you for years. Losing my dad last month was not exactly unexpected, yet I will ne-ver forget that punch-in-the-stomach I felt when I got the call. And throughout the past month, just when I thought I was ok, a wave of grief would wash over me. Usually out of the blue, and without an obvious source (unless you count the times I heard Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas,” which was his favorite Christmas song…).
I knew we’d written about this before on our site, so a few days ago I started looking through some of those posts, looking for comforting words from a friend (I consider all of the writers on our site as friends <3) and encouragement through dark Christmas moments. Reading those words, I felt my heart lift a bit. Found a reminder of hope – not only in this life, but the next. Felt my priorities shift from the finite to the eternal.
And so I thought I’d share them with you, in case you find yourself in the same boat this year, or know someone else who is.
Please forward this post to whomever you think of; to someone who needs encouragement this time of year, or during any holiday season. The posts below range from the practical and perhaps light-hearted to the deep and meaningful. And further below, if you click on the “winter blahs” graphic, you’ll find at least a dozen more resources from other bloggers who have thoughtful ideas in the same vein.
Whether you’re “just” singing the blues this holiday season, experiencing generalized depression, or reeling from deep grief, you’re sure to find soothing words and thoughts among them…
Some of our posts:
- Find one thing (craft, talent or new skill) and learn to do it well!
- Play uplifting music with this play list of encouraging songs…
- Go through a good devotional. This is a great one tailored to homeschoolers!
- Get some rest, or find another tip here: Beating the Post-Christmas Blues
- Comfort a grieving friend… Getting our eyes off of our own pain and problems always helps our perspective!
And check out some more ideas from our friends in the iHomeschool Network!
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