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Many people feel lonely and sad during the holidays.
The reasons vary.
It could be sadness because our families are far away. Or it could be dealing with family members who are "prickly."
We might be longing for the magical Christmas feelings of childhood and missing family members who've passed away.
Or we may have sad memories of Christmases past.
We could simply feel overwhelmed by the increased responsibilities of the holiday.
Whatever our reasons, we would be wise to consider these ways to make Christmas less difficult:(1)
2. Lower our expectations and be thankful for what we have (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
3. Give of ourselves to others who are less fortunate (1 John 3:18)
4. Focus on good things in our lives (Philippians 4:8)
5. Focus on the real meaning of the holiday (Luke 2:10-11)
(1) Some of these points adapted from the article Why People Get Depressed at Christmas by Ray Williams
(2) This passage talks about self-control. Lack of self-control is one f the main problems behind overspending, i.e. buying things we don't need or can't afford because we don't want to wait to save for them or we don't want to deny our selfish desires.