How will you spend Christmas Day?
Many view the Christmas season as a wonderful and joyous time of year filled with decorations, lights, parties, food, and gifts. However, not everyone feels this way about the holidays. While it is a complete myth that suicides increase during the holidays, anxiety and depression do, in fact, increase. I knew my article for today would focus on dealing with holiday depression. However, my research took me in a quite unique direction. I always follow my heart when I look for blog topics and I’m often quite surprised where it takes me.
As I did research for today’s article, I came across an interesting video I’d like to share with you. The video takes an in depth look at the Charles Schultz Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and how it relates to holiday depression and the meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas –
Coping with Holiday Depression
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Crab is a nutrient powerhouse, containing loads of necessary vitamins and minerals that all contribute to good overall health. It is an excellent source of selenium, which helps to keep the thyroid healthy. There is 3x more selenium found in crab than there is in beef. Aside from selenium, it is also a great source of B vitamins, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, all of which make for a healthy diet. If possible, it is recommended to eat crab at least twice a week, although it can be pricey, and is often considered a luxury food, which might make it more difficult to eat that often. I love crab, and can enjoy it any way it is cooked, but I admit that we don’t buy it that often because it is expensive. But it sure is delicious, and I enjoy every bite of it when I do buy it. …
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Most people would probably say,
that this is by no mean a special day.
Just a week away from Christmas,
no reason to celebrate, right?
But I beg to differ
let me tell you why, if I might…
For thirty eight years ago
I was offered the greatest gift.
My mom gave birth to a little bro’,
therefore making me a big sis’.
Tonight as we feast together
and rejoice over a glass of wine…
The whole family will agree
that this day’s far more than just fine!
December 17th is certainly a date to remember
May you enjoy it, my dear and only brother!
This is my contribution to Brutus’ request that we celebrated today as the special day it is. I hope you’ll appreciate my modest take on it, good Sir!
I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There’s just one thing I need. Don’t care about the presents, shopping, or a Christmas tree – could we unblur the lines between good and bad? Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is less celebration of Black Hats (or Red Hats with Fur Trim), more celebration of White Hats (and cookies, definitely cookies).
We cheer for serial killers, drug lords, mobsters; glamorize celebrities and corporate fat cats – I hear they can even become President.
We’re allegedly repulsed by the violence, greed, self-absorption yet…we’re mesmerized.
Look at Santa. Or should I say: Santa Claus, Pere Noel, Father Christmas, SinterKlaas, St. Nicholas, Dun Che Lao Ren, Kris Kringle?Secret Santa indeed…he needs many aliases, with all the break and enters; sure, he leaves gifts but also a lingering sense of unease.
Some poor child still sings…
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It twinkles high above the earth
Once glistened on a royal birth—
Encircled by an angel’s choir
Proclaiming God’s desire.
Shepherds feared that dazzling light
Attending their sheep that blessed night
It lured wise men from afar—
Vowed to follow this shining star.
Jesus was born in a cattle stall
Found wrapped in a shabby shawl
Beneath a clear night sky—
His mother Mary sits nearby.
No matter where we are
You can see the Christmas star—
Look within your heart He called,
It’s the brightest star of all.
© Chrissy Siggee
I originally wrote this last year, but thought I’d share it again. It’s the season of parties and family gatherings, and the time of yearContinue reading
A little story about St. Nicholas
There are many legends about Saint Nicholas, but all these legends have a common point, namely generosity.
From historical sources it is known that Saint Nicholas was born and lived between the second and third centuries after Christ in Asia Minor, but the celebration of 6 December is actually the day of his death in 352 after Christ.
History also says he has inherited an impressive fortune from his parents, but he did not benefit from his generosity being out of the ordinary, sharing it with the bitter and poor, and making them happy too.
The legend also says that he disguises himself in order not to be recognized and to enter the sacking houses in the houses of the poor, leaving them gifts, clothes, food and money.
The most popular legend about St. Nicholas tells us that entering a man’s house that had…
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Evelina and I love Christmas. This time of year we usually plan a lot of activities involving Christmas by visiting McAdenville (Google it), Christmas shopping in the hustle-n-bustle, tree lighting services, parades…you get the point.
This past week we visited the Christmas Village in downtown Charlotte to see the tree lighting and to shop the vendors for special gifts. And of course I did my usual which is watch people and their behaviors. I don’t know why I do this, but I simply cannot escape it.
There were a lot of people and the area for the village was packed, often times leaving little room if any to walk or maneuver from one vendor to another. We spent much of our time saying “excuse me” or “I apologize” as we bumped our way through the crowd. What surprised me (not really) was the fact that we did not get one single return courtesy from another person there and we were bumped into, run into, pushed past many times; too many to count actually.
It is no secret that I really don’t like crowds and maybe I am hypersensitive because of this fact, but I don’t think it should be okay to be discourteous. At one point I positioned myself in an area away from the crowd so I could watch people to see how many apologized or excused themselves when they pushed their way through other people and not one time did anyone say anything. One instance resulted in a lady having half of her hot chocolate spilled and the offender just kept on walking.
It is becoming evident to me that we’ve failed (or are failing). I see this occurrence too often and it seems to be the norm in today’s world. Every time I watch people’s behavior I feel myself becoming so negative. I feel negative writing this post as a matter of fact. But I don’t think this topic should be ignored simply because I don’t want to be negative. It is my belief that the smart device and social media are behind this growing trend.
Society as a whole has become addicted to their devices and because of this addiction the world around us becomes invisible. We forget that this thing around us is a live, breathing, actual place which depends on real, live interactions with real, live people. It is not uncommon for a drug addict to steal from family, the same family that loves them. The addict becomes so focused on his or her next fix that the only thing that matters is getting that fix and everyone else becomes irrelevant.
I tend to be a bit pessimistic and possibly a touch judgmental and I admit to being so.
But I still think we are failing.