It has become a commonplace reminder from psychologists that Christmas is a depressing holiday for a lot of people. Because we are caught up in the nostalgic sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas, they remind us of Christmases past, and of people who either are or are not with us. These memories can trigger bitter feelings, if the memories are of bad events; or grief, if the memories are grievous.
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.