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Q:

Maybe no one else has this problem, but after the holidays I always get kind of depressed. It doesn't make sense because we have a close-knit family and I always enjoy Christmas, but afterward I always feel this big letdown. Why is this?


A:

You aren’t alone; I suspect many who are reading this have had a similar experience. Christmas is a very busy time for many people, and it leaves them exhausted — and even wondering if all the busyness was worth it. They also may feel burdened over all the bills they’ll be facing.

Nor is it only at Christmas that this happens; sometimes life’s greatest highs are followed by life’s greatest lows. It happened to the prophet Elijah; shortly after his great victory over the prophets of Ba’al on Mt. Carmel, he fled in despair into the wilderness. He prayed, “I have had enough, Lord…. Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4). But God didn’t do this; instead, He assured Elijah that He still had work for him to do. He also refreshed him with rest and food.

If the holidays have been particularly busy for you, take time to get some rest — and don’t feel guilty over it! Jesus needed times of rest, and so do we. In addition, take time to plan for next year; if you did too much this year, decide what can be trimmed from your schedule next year.

The most important thing you can do, however, is to pause and let the true meaning of Christmas refresh your soul. Christmas should be more than gifts or parties or times with family. At Christmas, we remember God’s love for us — love so great that He sent His Son into the world for our salvation. Let His love fill your heart throughout this holiday season.

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18 Comments

  1. Janice says:

    I think it is a fairly common anti-climactic feeling after a big build-up. Scaling down a little in the Christmas busyness by doing the three things you and your family enjoy most about Christmas choosing from, say, baking, caroling, sending cards, decorating, Christmas programs, family devotion, etc. Then, after Christmas plan your own private, or family, time with God thinking about what came next. His birth was the beginning of an amazing life, not the end of the story.

  2. Larry E. Scharfenberger says:

    Let Christmas Rejuvenate you for the upcoming year. It’s a powerful reminder of Christ and what why he is with us. He saved me this past spring at the Boston Marathon. He gave me two commands, one at the beginning of the marathon and one when I was finished that kept me out of harms way. I did not understand why I was given the commands to run hard and not returned to the finish line until the Bombs went off. I’m so blessed and now have this amazing story to tell.

  3. Gerald says:

    The big build-up toward Christmas is overwhelming and very emotional. We feed on the temporary happiness from both giving and getting. But, we should be feeding on the Great Gift, “God With Us!” Christmas is the beginning of a greater season, not the end of a frantic season. If we have accepted the Gift of Jesus in our hearts, we have begun a great journey that God will complete. Focus on obedience to God’s will and JOY is in your future, not about what just happened.

  4. Veryl Klein says:

    Jesus is the reason for the season and keep him in your heart the rest of the year.

  5. Gordon says:

    Put the Christ in Christmas by attending the church of your choice!

  6. Vicki Lien says:

    Yes, focus on the Savior during the Christmas season.

  7. Silver says:

    I feel like I have lost myself in the mist of the storm, but I know Jesus my Lord savoir loves me

  8. Dean says:

    I know after Christmas I get a little depressed, I think because for the last few weeks you have heard the name Jesus Christ, even through all the commerciaisom, more then the rest of the year.Then it seems like most people pay him no mind,and that is depressing.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Love is the answer.

  10. Tim says:

    The greatest joy you can find this time of year is the joy of Christ in your heart