When the Christmas Blues Hit

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This time of year can be beastly for so many, for so many reasons.

It can be difficult to get through the festivities when we’re dealing with personal issues that drag us into a downward spiral. When we feel like crying and the scenes surround us are filled with happy, smiling people it can be rough. I understand. I truly do.

No matter where we might find ourselves right now, I believe God knows what we’re going through and is right there with us. If you’re struggling, please know I’m praying God’s peace which passes all understanding will surround and comfort you.

According to many studies holidays increase feelings of loneliness and despair. Christmas blues.

The reason can be because we’ve lost loved ones, or because our high expectations of renewed happiness during the holidays don’t materialize.

Throw in SAD, and some of us may feel like hibernating until springtime.

So, how do we manage to put one foot in front of the other during times when things just seem so wrong?

The following suggestions are by no means a thus sayeth. They are merely observations.

For one thing, stay away from the Hallmark and Lifetime Channels. Even if the guy gets the girl by the end of the movie, and maybe because the guy gets the girl, those movies more times than not, are depressing when we feel like everyone has a perfect life except us. Turn. Them. Off.

Go through your DVDs. Check out movies from your library. Watch something funny, something uplifting. Watch The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time. (Inconceivable!) Watch a musical, just not The King and I. The ending makes me cry every time.

Lose yourself in a mystery. How about Foyle’s War? If all else fails, what about viewing It’s a Wonderful Life, or The Christmas Story? (You’ll shoot your eye out!)

Go to free holiday events. Window shop. People-watch.

Purchase something within your budget for yourself.

Volunteer for a worthy cause.

Get in touch with a friend you haven’t spoken to for awhile.

Listen to music you enjoy.

One suggestion if you’re really in a funk, listen to something snappy that sets your feet tapping and you can warble out loud to. Avoid those beautiful ballads like,”My Heart Will Go On”, and “The Way We Were”, unless you really need to cry it out. If that’s the case, set a limit to how long you’ll give yourself to feel the pain.

Make new traditions if you need to. Life is not static. It moves and flows with each breath we take. It’s okay to change things up a bit. If it doesn’t work, try something different.

What’s the best way you know to get out of a funk?  Especially during the holidays.

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Living Gluten-free

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It’s that time of year again.

Friends. Family. Holiday parties.

Food full of gluten.

Sigh.

courtesy pixabayUnless you have food allergies, it may be difficult to understand how hard it is for those of us who are gluten intolerant when we are invited to special events that revolve around food.

Sure. We’d love to join you in eating all the goodies, but you know what? If we did, we’d literally make ourselves sick.

In my case, that means intense abdominal pain for over a week.

Sorry, but no matter how delicious your, “It’s only got a little wheat in it.” may be, although I would love to, I’m not eating it.

It isn’t only during the two month span between November 1 and January 1 when I have to be vigilant to make sure I know what’s in something before I eat it, but it seems there are more events packed into that span of time.

If someone with a food allergy asks what will be on the menu, please don’t look at them courtesy binglike they are calling you a bad name.

If I had to guess, I’d say they’re not. Honest.

They just need to know whether there will be anything they can eat.

And please, understand when you tell them they should eat at home or bring their own food how uncomfortable that is.

Trust me. I know.

I’ve been told that. Done that. And from now on will politely decline to attend and hope they understand.

Rudolph’s red nose would be less conspicuous or out of place.

There are a lot of gluten-free food options out there and I am blessed with friends and family members who are sympathetic to my dilemma and provide things I can eat.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

For those of you who don’t understand … would you tell a diabetic to eat sugar?

While we know nothing God calls clean is unclean there are foods some of us need to avoid. Please be sensitive to your friends’ allergies. I thank you, and I’m sure they will as well.

If you need help finding a gluten-free recipe, check out my recipe page. 🙂

If you have allergies, how do you handle being at events where food is served?

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He was hungry and wanted to eat, but while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. He saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a big sheet being lowered to earth by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to Peter, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”

 But Peter said, “No, Lord! I have never eaten food that is unholy or unclean.”

But the voice said to him again, “God has made these things clean, so don’t call them ‘unholy’!” Acts 10:10-15

I wish you well.

Sandy

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