Christmas, Everyday Grace, Seasonal, Tips

Everyday Grace: 3 Ways to Beat the Post-Christmas Blues

There’s a lot of work, thought, anticipation, and activity leading up to Christmas, even this unusual Christmas, and for many people the following weeks feel like something of a letdown. The jolly Santa Claus images are looking a little tired; the big event we’ve been waiting for has come… and gone. How do you cope with the post-Christmas blues?

  • Keep the light going. The Christmas season is all about light: leave your nativity set out (and pray to the Infant Jesus), keep the decorations blinking and the candles lit: this is the season that gets us through the dark nights of winter and all the way to the Baptism of Our Lord and on to Candlemas.
  • Exercise. Many of us have neglected our bodies during the pandemic. The irony is that exercise makes us feel better, but we have to start! Exercise releases endorphins, and allow us to view the long nights and short days with equanimity.
  • Reach out. Did you know there’s a spike in calls to crisis centers right after Christmas? Loneliness and depression can move in for many different reasons. This is an excellent time to volunteer with an organization that reaches out to those who are alone, homeless, ill, elderly, or shut-in. There are many volunteer opportunities you can do from home, either via telephone or online. And getting you outside of yourself will improve your mood, too!

The manger was just the first step of our journey of faith, the journey that will take us though to the cross and the resurrection. Keeping that in perspective, and doing what we can to help ourselves and help others, is what will surely beat the post-Christmas blues!


Blessing the Hours

Consider doing the hours. Actually, I am not referring to the Church’s official prayer, the Office or Liturgy of the Hours. I am thinking of the practice of blessing the hours of the day. You may not be able to concentrate on each of the twenty-four, but when it occurs to you that the hour has changed, offer a little prayer: “Thank you, God, for a rockin’ ten,” or “My praise for a lovely eleven!” Each hour brings us some blessing. It might be a moment of joy and laughter with a friend, a chance to share a family meal, or an opportunity to practice a needed virtue. And beyond this, each one of them has brought us deeper into the gift of life, holding out the graces prepared just for us by our loving God. Each tick of time marks a heartbeat, a step closer to our blessed destiny.

TIP from My Sisters: Try blessing the hours today.


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Cry Out to the Lord!

Often, when life’s events break our hearts, we are ashamed of our anger and pain. We apologize for angry words and stifle cries of pain, pushing our hurts out of sight. We try to make peace with ourselves without acknowledging our anger and our tears—somehow these seem unacceptable to us. But they aren’t unacceptable to God.

From the very beginning of the Sacred Scriptures, we find God responding to the cries of his people. In the first pages of Genesis, Cain kills Abel—two brothers, the sons of the first man and woman. In response, God calls out to Cain: “Where is your brother Abel? …What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9–10).

To Moses, God declares of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them” (Ex 3:7–8).

When the Israelites later stand at the Red Sea, with the Egyptians coming up fast behind them, they cr[y] out to the Lord. But Moses answers the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today…. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still” (Ex 14:11–14).

God listens, hears, and delivers his people. God is moved when he hears our cries. But Scripture tells us something more. Not only is God moved, God also does something. God saves. God liberates. God frees. God consoles. God acts with power in our best interests.

TIP from My Sisters: Crying out to the Lord is part of praying. Try holding together your tremendous need for God’s help with a confident trust that God will deliver you in his own way and his own time. What is that like?


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