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Date:7/31/2014 8:37:15 AM
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Christmas, Part I
What would the life of a countryman or woman be without Christmas? As a Christian, I feel sad for those who have difficulties with this time of year, whether it be because of non-belief or because of holiday depression. Therapists tell us that the historical and social emphasis on Christmas has resulted in many people feeling saddened or lonely because of their inability to attain the level of joy that they feel they should. To be alone at Christmas, or almost as bad, to be invited to an acquaintance's home out of pity, is one of the worse feelings a person can have. Even to go to a Christmas church service, only to leave alone and ignored, is at best bittersweet, or at worse, makes one feel even more alone. I remember as an airman in the Air Force during Christmas, I would walk alone at night through family housing, looking at the Christmas trees in the windows, remembering Christmases past at home. I can understand why many single people volunteer to work during this time, to free co-workers with families so they could be at home. It helps one to know that even if Christmas is not so great for that person, at least he or she is making it possible for another to enjoy. On more than one Christmas eve, as I returned from my mail route, I've pulled up to a Green Bay PD squad car and rolled down my window to thank that officer for being on duty so that folks could be safe at home with their families. I suspect that this is why so many volunteer to serve food at the shelters and churches. It allows one to feel useful and to be with others having the same sentiments.
So how can we make Christmas joyful again? I can only tell you what I do, and hope you share with others what has helped you. Stay tuned for Part II, -- Gary
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