A Blue Christmas
The “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley, made the phrase “Blue Christmas” a common saying in the late 1950s and 1960s. But the reality of a Blue Christmas has been around for many centuries before that. The song speaks of the importance of being with the ones that we love during this special time of the year. When we are not with our loved ones our moods can turn blue – we can become sad. Holidays are special times that most of us enjoy spending with family and friends. If we have experienced a death in the family it can make the season difficult. Other memories of difficult times or struggles can also increase our sadness. But there are other reasons people may be sad.
Many health care providers note that this time of the year is particularly difficult for people. One reason is that the days are shorter and the amount of sunlight is limited. Sunlight helps lift our moods psychologically and also physiologically, it stimulates the production of Vitamin D which gives us a brighter outlook. Some people are prescribed Vitamin D supplements to help them during the winter months.
Busy schedules, end of term exams, and work deadlines can also lead to unhealthy sleep habits, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. These all lead to more stress and anxiety.
In addition to all this, the Christmas season carries with it an expectation of joy and happiness. If I am not feeling that then there may be mixed emotions of guilt and anxiety which lead to greater levels of depression.
There is a wonderful opportunity for prayer this Sunday evening in Lingle Chapel at 7 pm. If you know someone who is particularly “blue” this Christmas season why not invite them to join you. If they will not come, then come on anyway and lift them up in prayer. Let’s keep an eye out in our circle of friends and families for those who may be struggling. An extra smile, hug, or word of encouragement can go a long way.
Remember what the King of kings said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly!” (John 10:10)
To God be the Glory!