The times when we travel to be with those we love who supposedly love us. Times when we may feel joy, laugh with each other, and eat until we are stuffed like the turkey on the table.
But for many people it isn’t a time of joy. For many it is a time of depression.
There are so many people who have no family. Invite them to your house.
There are people who cannot get out of their house. Send them a card. Go visit them.
Others will show up but only out of obligation. They don’t really want to be there. Try to see it in them. Give them a hug. Tell them you’re glad they came.
During the holidays we can get so busy with our own lives, planning, cooking, etc. that we don’t see the people around us who are hurting.
What is supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ often isn’t.
You are so very right! Our culture is much more concerned with Black Friday sales or outdecorating neighbors, when holiday cheer should be more about reaching out to others, especially those marginalized by depression, loneliness, age or not knowing the Lord.