by Jeff Schreve

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Christmas Blues (1 of 4)
Series: Christmas Presence
Jeff Schreve
Isaiah 9:6

Well, the Christmas season is officially upon us. We have done all our decorating. I say we, meaning my wife and me as a team, and she does it all, and I'm kind of included in there and I was just curious. How many in here say, ''Hey, I've already put up my tree. I'm ready.'' A lot of people have already put up their Christmas tree.

Now I heard a story about two ladies. They were blonde (laughter). And I can tell blonde stories because at one time I was a blonde. And the rumor has it that they were students at AandM, but that's just a rumor (laughter). Nobody knows that for sure. Okay, just a rumor, but they were out in the forest looking for a Christmas tree. They were going to hunt down a Christmas tree and chop down a Christmas tree. And they were out for hours in sub-zero weather. They had several close calls with wolves. Finally, one blonde says to the other, she says, ''The next tree I see I'm cutting it down. I don't care if it's decorated or not'' (laughter).

I love Christmas. I like the sights of Christmas, the sounds of Christmas, and the songs of Christmas. You know, we sing at Christmastime, ''It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.'' ''Tis the Season to be Jolly.'' But, hey, let me ask you a question. What do you do if Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for you - this Christmas, in particular? What do you do if you're not feeling very jolly? What do you do if you get a malady known as the Christmas blues? I think it was Elvis that sang a song about a blue, blue Christmas. Did you know that many people suffer from the Christmas blues? I mean, when Christmastime hits, they just sink into depression. Calls to help lines are up 10% at Christmastime for people struggling with depression and struggling with thoughts of suicide. They're just down at Christmas. Why is that? Well, see, Christmas is a time for family. And some people might have the situa ...

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