Ghosts can show up unexpectedly in the middle of a celebration. Maybe the unwelcome guests appear well before an event. The ghosts of Christmas past come in many shapes and forms from high expectations to high anxiety depending on your past experiences. We have many ghosts from our pasts, but our Christmas ghosts are often the biggest and most powerful.
Christmas in many countries, especially the U.S. is so highly marketed, even inadvertently in churches and families, that the stress and anticipation can be overwhelming. In fact anxious, lonely, or sad feelings that are already present are accentuated.
Even the happiest celebrators may feel anxiety about doing enough, pleasing everyone, not having enough money, or even winter weather interference.
Change causes stress and anxiety for many who find comfort in traditions of the season. Ghosts haunt the empty hallways or naked trees when not garnished decorations and filled with children’s laughter.
This season enjoy the ghosts and put them in their place. Let them know that the holidays are not just for them, it is a time to celebrate life, blessings and a loving God. Say a prayer of thankfulness and find ways to give to others.
Enjoy the season with your ghosts or let them go. If you don’t like your ghosts, and they won’t go away, try planning something different next year.
Make this a day of joy for yourself and those around you. Merry Christmas!
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