Grinches, Scrooges, and Other Christmas Thieves

In light of the season that we are in, I will feature my last article today that reflect upon the season, as we did last week. This week, I want to call your attention to some of the characters, critics, and adversarial things that will either steal or make the Christmas season a most miserable time for you, if you allow them. Like the two fictional characters noted in our title, there are many characters and forces who are on the prowl in an attempt to steal Christmas from as many people as they can. Though I cannot consider all of them in this column, I will discuss a few of the most common ones.

The Thief of
Bereavement
Talking about death, especially during this joyous time of the year, is something that none of us would want to do. However, both the facts and history shows us that even during this festive and gay season, somebody is going to die. Therefore, there will be families, relatives, and friends of the deceased who are going to experience some grief and sadness. The untimely passing of a loved one has been a thief who stole the joy out of Christmas for many over the years. As we go deeper into the Christmas season, let us pray that we, as well as others, will be spared such a horrible experience this year.

The Absence
of a Loved One
Who
Recently Died
Though this category is similar to the previous one, there is nevertheless a difference. Many families will be facing their first Christmas without having a cherished family member around. I have gone through this very sad situation twice. Each time a very close relative had recently passed right before the Christmas season, I had to accept and adjust to that special person not being there. Their recent passing was a thief that put a damper on the gaiety and joy of the Christmas season.

Loneliness
One of the most common thieves that diminishes the joy and excitement of the Christmas spirit for many is loneliness. Loneliness is arguably more potent and effective during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. I have known people who have actually became depressed during the Christmas season due to loneliness. This time of the year is a time when the thief of loneliness is most effective in snatching the excitement and joy out of the celebration and festivities of what ought to be the most wonderful time of the year.

Away From
Home During
Christmas
There is a very well-known Christmas song entitled, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. This song captures and conveys what is certainly a condition that affords one of the common thieves of Christmas an opportune scenario to thrive. Being away from home can be a bonafide thief that can steal the joy of Christmas from many who are suffering from a common condition called “home sickness”. This condition of longing for home can easily make one susceptible to becoming a victim of one of the thieves that are on the prowl during the yuletide season. Regardless of where people are stationed away from home while they are serving in the military, attending college, or away working, there is no place like being home for the holidays.

Sickness
Many people can attest to having to deal with some kind of chronic condition or sickness during the Christmas season that puts a damper on their holiday spirit of happiness and glee. If it was not a personal illness, it was a loved one or a child with a sickness. It is quite a challenge to enjoy and freely celebrate the Christmas season when someone you love is experiencing a serious sickness, especially when it is chronic and could be terminal. One of the great joys and blessings of the holidays is to be able to enjoy and experience them with family and friends. Regrettably, there will be a family somewhere who will have to deal with the reality of sickness that someone who is a part of their cherished clan has contracted.
In the final segment of my column today, I will give you some words of wisdom that I hope and pray will help you to overcome the Grinches, Scrooges, and all other thieves who are out to steal Christmas from you.