Have you been feeling the holiday blues?
When your family is struggling to put food on the table, let alone trying to buy Christmas gifts, it’s hard to feel the Christmas spirit. When your family has experienced the loss of a loved one, a recent divorce, or a disagreement dividing the family, celebrating the holidays can be devastating.
The holidays are supposed to be a magical, happy time of year celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
If you are battling the blues, here are a few tips to help you experience more joy:
- Remember what the season is all about. It’s not gifts, about a big dinner, or even getting together with loved ones. It’s Jesus.
- Have you prepared your heart for the holidays? Diving into scripture can help turn your sadness or unhappiness into pure joy.
- Ask for help. I know this is super hard! Whether it’s providing toys for your children or a Christmas meal, there are organizations to help.
- Be realistic. If you are experiencing the first Christmas after a loved one has passed away, it’s ok to be sad. What can you do to honor that special person?
- If your family has experienced a divorce and you are having your first Christmas without your kids because they are at your ex’s, remember that you can celebrate ANY day. (Trust me, this hits me hard every other year when my older kids go to their biological dad’s). Make the best of the situation and celebrate like a rock star when they get home! While they are gone, what can you do to serve other families, keep busy, and rejoice Christ’s birth?
How do you handle the holiday blues?
Welcome to Women With Intention Wednesdays!
Welcome to another week of Women With Intention Wednesdays! This is the 50th week! Thank you all for joining in! I love this community!
This week I’m featuring Keri at Living In This Season with her practical post Tips To Avoid Christmas Burnout. (#3 is my favorite!)
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Community building questions of the week: What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2016?
I’m looking forward to new goals, new accomplishments, and new growth. 🙂 I love a new year!
I love a new year too : ) Looking forward to finally settling in where we are!
Joanne Viola says
So many wise suggestions you have offered in this post. May your Christmas be joyous for you & your family! Blessings!
Michele Morin says
I’m trusting for grace to be more relaxed about the use of my time in 2016. I want to be all there when my kids are talking to me. Less frenzy. More fun.
Rose @ Walnut Acre says
Thank you so much for hosting this party 🙂
Great tips, Jenny! this is our first Christmas without my dad, so I’m definitely experiencing some sadness, but focusing on Jesus and the real meaning of season is a huge comfort. Advent blessings to you and your family!
Sarah Travis says
Love this encouragement Jenny thank you!
Thank you so much for the feature- so sweet! I am so excited to start fresh and for the after holiday calm. It’s so peaceful
Donna @ Soul Survival says
Thanks for hosting, Jenny! Hope you have a wonderful week!
Susan Shipe says
Every single “blue” in the battle list I have experienced in my lifetime. Christmas time is a hard time when life is a struggle.
Nikki Mizner says
I love you! I am so blessed to call you friend! Were you thinking about me when you wrote this because I am feeling very blue! You know why! I’m having a hard time and I’m not sure how to deal with all of it, but the part you said about honoring that person… I know what I need to do, begrudgingly, but I need to do it and I will!!! I love you my friend and wish you the happiest and blessed of Christmas’s!!!!
Love you, Nikki! We all have our struggles but yes, you’ve been on my heart! Hugs, friend!
Tai East says
Jenny, you’re such a sweet heart! Thanks so much for hosting and for sharing such great encouragement! GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂
Angela @ Setting My Intention says
I’m looking forward to seeing how God works in a couple of transitions we are facing as a family in 2016.
Lori Schumaker says
These are such great tips. I especially connect with being realistic. We can fake some until we make it, however, pushing too much will backfire. If it needs to be a simple Christmas, that is okay. Accepting the sadness of some situations and in return, making the best of it when you can is such a great attitude, as well! Great post! Thank you! Merry Christmas!!
Ciara @ Favored Mom says
Hi Jenny! You gave some very helpful tips here. 🙂 One that resonated was when you encouraged struggling families to ask for help. I will always remember one Christmas when I was a kid that my mother was having an especially hard time. But, that Christmas we had more gifts than ever before! How? Not sure if she asked or what, but our church at the time provided more presents under our tree than I had ever seen! And, I don’t even remember what the gifts were.. but I will always remember the sweet generosity. 🙂