Christmas can be a sad time for many people but it doesn't have to be. I use the time as a time of reflection. I'm thankful that I have been brought to this point. Many folks did not make it. There are many things to be thankful for. They are all around us.
It's sad that the holidays have digressed to consumerism and materialism. We don't have to be caught up in that. We can create our own reality; one that doesn't require you to spend a fortune on gifts that people will get tired of in a few days.