Combat Post-Holiday Depression

Combat Post-Holiday Depression

Are you having a hard time resuming your normal daily activities? Has your energy been transplanted by the winter sluggishness? Does it seem no matter how hard you try you just can’t find your joy in the aftermath of the holidays? You are not alone. I’ve been there. So have tens of thousands of other Americans. There is hope for combating post-holiday depression or the blues.

Quit Striving for the Picture Perfect Christmas

Quit Striving for the Picture Perfect Christmas

Alas, if we had hoped for a Norman Rockwall Christmas, this year wouldn’t deliver. Rather than the iconic painting, it seemed ours might look a little more like the classic Charlie Brown motley crew around their scrawny tree.

Some years it just seems we’re doing well just to “hold it all together.”

After receiving a new cancer diagnosis, doctors’ appointments, surgery, and procedures ensued. “I don’t have time for all this now,” I thought, as I considered all the holiday preparations yet to be made. But then again, I had to make time for it.

What I Really Want This Christmas

What I Really Want This Christmas

Every year round about Thanksgiving, the same question always comes: “Mom, what do you want for Christmas this year?”

I remember Christmases from my childhood, when my brother and I would study the Sears-Roebuck toy catalog, all the while dreaming of the things that would show up under the tree with our names attached.

As a child and into my early teen years, things seemed so important. Amassing the newest and greatest toys or fads and comparing our holiday inheritance with friends upon our return to school following Christmas break. “What did you get? Want to know what I got?”

5 Lessons for Us From Going Back to Bethlehem

5 Lessons for Us From Going Back to Bethlehem

As fall has come to a close and the crest into winter has descended upon us (or as much winter as we get to experience in North Texas), while we begin preparations for Christmas, my thoughts keep returning to Mary and Joseph prior to Jesus’s birth.

Why was it important that Mary and Joseph go back to Bethlehem? What does their obedience mean for us in modern times?