Not writing a "good things" post today

I'm not in the mood. For anyone who deals with anxiety and depression issues, Christmas can be tough. And it is for me.

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.

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