For some people, the holidays are not a time of joy and happiness. I'm one of those people. My father passed away on Christmas Eve when I was 16, then just four short years ago, my oldest son passed away in October, about the same time the holiday décor was hitting the store shelves.
Although I know I'm not the only Grinch this time of year, it often feels like it. Being surrounded by parties, cookie exchanges, decorations, Christmas music, and just general joyfulness of the holidays is exhausting when I'm just trying to hold my breath until January 2.