Sunday Family Dinner – It’s Christmas Time!

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and time of the year. Really, as soon as Fall comes in, I start to get tingly on the inside and begin anticipating the start of the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Season. See, in my family we always had huge celebrations around the holiday and it just seemed like there was an extra dose of love and friendship in the air during this time. Part of my love of the Christmas holiday is because my maternal grandparents were married a few days before Christmas so December is always a reminder for me that love always wins and marriage and family are still important and has value in our society.

So, again, Christmas is my favorite time of the year! As I write this blog post, I have decorated my tree and spent the day watching sappy, happy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. I understand that for some this holiday season is not a happy time due to trauma and grief over the loss of a loved one. So, I want to give all of us permission to take the holiday season one day at a time and enjoy it in the way that is best for you.

As you and your family gather around the dinner table this Sunday, talk about the importance of Christmas and the real meaning of the Christmas holiday. Set new traditions in your family or revive previous family traditions. Have fun this holiday season. This time of year only comes once, so have fun, enjoy it, and don’t take it for granted as each day is precious. If you are struggling this holiday season, talk to a trusted friend or seek help from a licensed mental health professional if necessary. I am going to repeat it again, have fun this Christmas holiday season and do a bunch of fun things with your family and friends.

The photo featured in the blog, was one I took while enjoying New York a week before Christmas several years ago. For me, this picture represents that feeling of Christmas with celebrating with friends and engaging in activities that make me happy. I believe that if we carried that same sense of love, warmth, family, charity, and friendship with us all year long; then it would be easier for us to celebrate Christmas and all that it truly means.

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas,

Dr. Daphne

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