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Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Dear friends and family,


Is it “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”?

Oh, I know the politically correct term – “Happy Holidays.”

But with this year’s COVID-19, the political landscape, and the social unrest, you might not feel very “happy”, let alone “merry”.

Add to that, your family may be splintered, or you may have lost a loved one this year.

Diane Fromme, author of Step-Parenting the Grieving Child wrote,

“The holidays are upon us once again. It’s the time of year when families come together to celebrate the fact they are just that, family. But what is meant to be a time of thankfulness and celebration for many is also a time of pain and hopelessness for many others. The feelings of grief and loss are magnified during the holiday season. The void of an absent loved one is felt with every opening of a door and every pass of a holiday dish. The death of a parent or significant person can turn what would be reasons for celebration into reminders of heartache. This is a time marked by feelings of loneliness for many grieving children.”

Though there are no easy answers to these difficult questions, let me offer three solutions that will help.

  • Make a gratitude list. Focus on your blessings, taking captive your thoughts.
  • Focus on Emmanuel, God with us. He came to save you and me.
  • Remember too, this time shall pass! As much as possible, lighten your load (and others’)


FamilyLife offers some great, creative suggestions below:
Making the family WHOLE again,
Craig & Gina
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