Christmas is an occasion for family gatherings and parties. People spend a lot of money on buying new things and get-togethers because the season is often associated with family and friends. However, when someone don’t have any family or loved ones to spend Christmas with, it can be a challenging time. The sad fact is for many, Christmas is no different to any other time of year. This is because they only have themselves for company. That’s why we need to remind ourselves of the meaning of Christmas and Christ’s message to us.
As the days become shorter and nights draw in, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone may be having such a good time, some people will be working at Christmas, others may be divorced, separated from their partners, and some people will be grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s particularly difficult to celebrate when we are missing someone or feeling lonely for whatever reason. Feeling isolated from others can bear down on us and, unfortunately, pave the path for feelings of despair and sadness. Also, when we feel lonely it’s hard to look forward to socialising and having fun while celebrating December 25th. I believe that the powerful message that Christmas brings to all of us is that God’s love transcends all barriers: people matter, everyone has unique value, and if God made everyone worthy of care and attention, then we should care and give our time to others too. We should connect with those around us and befriend the lonely, enjoy one another’s company, have fun and serve those in need.
Christmas is about love and kindness. Some people don’t have much in the way of family, and their friends are busy with their own family gatherings. Sometimes we can be so involved with loved ones, exchanging gifts, playing games, huddling round the television or squeezing about a dining table, that we never think about providing companionship to older, isolated people. I feel that although the most majority of people celebrate Christmas every year, a part of them don’t remember, or don’t know what Christmas it’s about. In spite of all the media promotion of Christmas, there is something deeper, there is a promise from God to bless us with the Holy Spirit and eternal life. Jesus message to all of us involves having compassion for the vulnerable, and developing spiritual roots. When we trust his promises, we can find joy, fulfilment and beauty no matter what we are going through. We can be transformed by God’s promises.
When you have the knowledge that beyond all of your personal needs and immediate difficulties, you have a greater mission, you can find the Christmas Spirit within you and bring joy to the ones that are feeling that everyone else is having a great time, but they’ve been excluded. For this people, instead of joy, love, and peace, the Christmas experience is filled with loneliness, depression, and anxiety. You can always make Christmas a special day for yourself and for others, if you create opportunities to make those moments memorable. From helping out neighbours to volunteering at the Samaritans, there are many ways to help others this Christmas.
If you are the one feeling lonely this Christmas, talk about your feelings, and focus on your friendship with God. Don’t miss the promise of the season. Remember that Christmas celebrates the birth of your saviour and the beginning of God’s plan to your life. Make sure you’re not excluding yourself, many blessings and Happy Christmas.