“Hi. My name’s Suzanne and I had a lousy Christmas.”
It was December 28, and I felt like I needed to join a holiday recovery support group. As I hoisted my suitcase into a friend’s trunk, I breathed a sigh of relief to be back on my own turf. With visions of “the great Christmas blow-up” dancing in my head — and trust me, three sisters in tears is not a pretty sight — I collapsed into the front seat.
I soon learned I wasn’t alone in my post-holiday depression. Out poured my friend’s own tale of holiday woe. And in the weeks that followed, I learned that nearly everyone I knew had experienced holiday unpleasantness in some form — the critical mother, the bad gifts, the boredom, the arguments. We had all gone home looking forward to warm family times and returned in need of therapy.
These words from “Making it a Merry Christmas,” appeared in Boundless last Christmas. After reading the article, some of my friends asked, “Were you at my house last year?!” Returning home for Christmas as an adult can be a challenge. But if you make resolutions to put others first, keep your Spiritual life on track and plan ahead, Christmas with the family can be a joyous experience. Last Christmas I took my own advice, and I’m happy to report it made my holiday 10 times merrier. I hope you will remember God’s great blessings this Christmas season and extend them to others. Perspective is everything.
I won’t always have my family. God has put them in my life for a time. No matter what challenges fill this Christmas season, I want to remember that spending it with my family is a gift. And it’s up to me to use that gift wisely.
About the Author
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a freelance writer and editor. She graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in journalism and biblical theology. She lives in California with her husband, Kevin, who is a family pastor, and her four young children: Josiah, Sadie, Amelia and Jackson. When she’s not hanging out with her kids, Suzanne loves a good cup of coffee, conversation with friends, musical theater and a trip to the beautiful California coast.