I grew up romanticizing the holiday classics. Movies like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life made this season all the more magical for me. I was wooed well into adulthood by the idea of happy endings: boy meets girl, problems are solved, and everyone gets what they want for Christmas.
The holiday season, however, can magnify the tough reality that sometimes problems are unresolved, everyone does not get what they want, and many people are lonely at Christmas time. In fact, this season, more than any other, is a major trigger for memories of loved ones lost, broken friendships, and relationships that have yet to manifest.
This was very apparent just a few weeks ago when I asked a friend a question. “What would you say to a woman who is feeling lonely during the holiday season?” Immediately her eyes welled up with tears revealing just how close to home this question struck.
Courageously she responded with one of the most honest, brave, and commendable answers I have yet to hear. Her delicate words, laced with wisdom, were healing balm for the hurting soul. Her advice came not from something she previously experienced but from her right now circumstances. This is the timely advice I offer you today if you find yourself feeling lonely this Christmas.
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