By Takiela Bynum©
Have a holly, jolly Christmas; it’s the best time of the year.
I don’t know if there’ll be snow but have a cup of cheer.
Have a holly, jolly Christmas, and when you walk down the street,
Say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet.
The holiday season is such a fun time – I can understand why it’s considered the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday cheer seems to be contagious. The generosity and gratitude of the season spreads like a wildfire. Family and friends come together in love to celebrate the birth of the Savior. What a joyful occasion!
However, there is a flip side to the joyful season also known as depression. Merry and Christmas go hand in hand, however, for some there is an unending sadness that comes along with the holidays as well as the day to day.
Here are 5 tips to fight those holiday blues – the recipe for a holly jolly Christmas.
- Giggle often. Look for reasons to laugh, it’s okay to be silly. It’s great to giggle with friends or to chuckle to yourself. It’s cool how laughing releases a chemical in the body that counteracts depression, the more you have (or release it) the less depressed you feel. Laughter is like good medicine for the soul.
Proverbs 17:22 ESV
- Eat cookies (add hot chocolate when necessary). Holiday treats will make you grin because of the sheer yumminess (or make you gag because of the utter grossness – ugh :P). It’s no time for diets. Have fun and eat freely. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
- Listen carefully…to your socks. Wear a pair of socks that you love. Choose Christmas (or Grinch) designed, colorful, cute, polka dots, stripes, etc. (the crazier the better) or an inspirationally worded pair would work too! They don’t have to be perfect (holey socks welcome), match, or even be clean. They do have to be visible (at least you). Every time your head hangs low, you’ll see those socks and smile because they’re speaking to you – screaming words like jolly, cheery, love, or hope etc. The rocks socks will cry out.
Luke 19:40 NIV
- Sing loud. What’s your favorite praise and/or worship song? Do you have a Christmas song you simply love? Find those songs, turn up the volume, and let them play as you sing along. Play the music loud and sing loud…sing like no one is listening. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Psalm 98:4 KJV
- Unwrap one gift. The grace of God that brought salvation is a gift to you, but what good is a gift that is never opened? You can’t enjoy it without opening it. It’s the second step in the receiving process – step one: accept it, step two: open it. For it is by graceyou have been saved, through faith—…it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8 NIV
If you or someone you know struggle with depression (especially during the holidays) there is help or better yet there is hope. This dilemma doesn’t have to be faced alone. God is always with you and He’ll send others to help you during your journey towards Him. May the joy of the Lord (always) be your strength.
I pray that your holly jolly doesn’t stop at Christmas,