Christmas can be the saddest time when loved ones are not with you.

Image by Matt Gruber - used by permission

There is no red, green or gold in this Christmas image. Not everyone will have a happy time on the 25th, with friends and family around them. There will be many for whom it will be a miserable time. As soon as I saw Matt’s picture I heard the song running through my brain:

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me.

Blue Christmas – Words and music by Jay Johnson and Billy Hayes

So at this festive time, spare a thought for those who are missing someone.  The single parents, struggling without a partner to make Christmas a great time for their children. Or those who have lost a loved one this year, or many years ago, and for whom the pain is so raw at Christmas.

I was very touched to read a blog post by Kim Anderson, whose father died from cancer nine years ago. Kim says:

The holiday season makes the empty chair around the family table even more noticeable to those of us who have lost a loved one. Holidays can be a difficult time for those experiencing grief. Children notice the empty space, too, and it’s important to include them in remembering a loved one.

Kim gives some very practical suggestions to help you and your family honour and remember a loved one during this season. I heartily recommend her whole post. In addition to ideas for some very practical and helpful activities, she also points us to Christ, the source of comfort. You can read “Facing the Empty Chair at the Holidays” here.

One Response to A blue Christmas without you

  • Kim Anderson:

    Hi Lin,
    Thanks for linking my blog post to your latest post. I’m glad the article encouraged you. It sounds like this Christmas might be a challenging one for you as you mentioned Matt in the beginning of your post. I pray God will be your source of comfort and peace this holiday season. Blessings to you!

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