It's like the whole world is telling me: "Be festive! Shout for joy! Celebrate!" and on the other hand the world says, "Jesus? Who cares? A good deal on a big screen tv! That's what I'm talking about!"
Financial issues always seem to be more stressful during the holidays, and knowing I'll have a house full of kids - all of whom struggle with their own issues - can also cause a lot of worry.
It's hard to be all cheerful and light for me. I try, but that can be exhausting. The best I hope for is a quiet holiday.
If you know someone for whom the holidays are hard, say a prayer and give a hug. We are celebrating Christ's birth, but we are the ones who keep his Sacrificial Love very close, even as the lights twinkle and the bells are rung.