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‘Merry’ on the Outside doesn’t mean ‘Merry’ on the Inside

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Taking Control of Christmas Chaos


Christmas is popular in so many ways. 'Christmas' sells. Movies based on a Christmas theme and books about Christmas are top sellers. They are all about love.

What's not to love about love?

I enjoy Christmas movies. You can usually count on pretty scenery and happy endings and they are wholesome enough that the whole family can watch together. That is a lovely depression getaway for me! I am able to realize that they are not real and I do not compare my life to them. They are strictly entertainment. My old favourite is 'Miracle on 34th Street' both the original version and the newer one. Next might be 'The Holiday', not necessarily about Christmas but it ends up there. Then there is 'White Christmas'. When my girls were little that would be their go to movie every time they got sick, no matter what time of year it was.

Hallmark really knows how to make Christmas movies that are beautiful, heartwarming and wholesome! You may want to check out this list of the best Hallmark Christmas movies.

But beware and be careful. If those kinds of movies make you depressed, then stay away. If you are tempted to compare your life or your decorated house with what you see in the movies, you might be headed for a pitfall. Some of them are very emotional and may bring up some sad memories for you. I love a good cry though. Strangely, for me, a good cry can be a great depression getaway! Is that silly?

There may be several aspects of this season that can trigger depression and it's good to be aware of them and avoid the pitfalls. Decorating the tree often brings to mind sadness for me as I hang ornaments filled with memories of Christmases gone by. 

One part of Christmas that I find difficult is missing the people that I loved who are no longer here. If you have lost a loved one this year, Christmas will be especially challenging for you. Grief makes Christmas hard. Also media depicts an unreal expectation of Christmas. These are just two things that can challenge anyone at this time of year, whether they have depression or not. The main thing is to know that the season has potential to be stressful and sad and there may be some triggers you should be aware of as you enter into these holidays.

11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers gives lots of ideas for coping with the season.

May you be able to take control of Christmas chaos this year and not let Christmas chaos take control of you.

I'm so glad you dropped by Depression Getaway today. There is hope for depression. Don't give up, I'm praying for you!

Wendy Love



Hellos and Goodbyes, Every Ending is a New Beginning






Recently I was leaving our local hospital on the joyous day of the birth of our seventh grandchild! Just outside the front doors I met a dear friend who's elderly husband had been ill for quite awhile. This was a particularly bad day for her and it looked like he would not last the night. I was struck by the drama of life, by beginnings and endings. I felt sad for her and happy for us, and a little guilty at my joy. And yet this is how life is meant to be, beginnings and endings.

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