Support the Café
Search our site

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

Maggie Dawn, chaplain and professor at Yale Divinity School reflects on Christmas and the feelings it sometimes evokes:

The first year after a loved one dies, all those milestone moments in the year are very hard – birthdays, holidays, – and, of course, Christmas. The empty place at the table is very hard to deal with. In recent years many Churches have begun to put on special services called “Blue Christmas” – these happen early in December, and they are for people who are facing Christmas alone for the first time, or for whom Christmas brings back feelings of shock or sadness, instead of joy and celebration.

My Dad always used to come to my house for Christmas. We would go to my Chapel for the morning service. Back home, he always made me put my feet up while he cooked the chicken. Then we opened presents and watched a movie, like most families do, and all was right with the world.

When he died, it was only two months before Christmas, and I was at a loss – the house would seem so empty without him. But then some friends – another vicarage family – invited me and my son to go and join them. So after Chapel on Christmas day, we drove down to the coast, and while there I helped out with their Church services and activities. Although I shed a few tears for my Dad, being busy, and having different company, helped me not to collapse into sadness.

This Advent reflection was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 “Good Morning Sunday” on December 9th, 2012.

More Blue Christmas on Daily Episcopalian here.

Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café