Well it is quickly approaching that time of the year again. The silly season or as others call it, the holidays. That time of year when more people commit (or at least attempt) suicide and depressions runs rapid like flu outbreak. I must admit that am one of those people that gets depressed during this time of year. Last year was a particularly bad year for me. I really struggled with what Christmas means. I would bet that if you are a person that loves Christmas, then you spend it with family including your own kids, and you have the means to purchase gifts. However, if you are missing one or both of these elements then finding meaning at this time of the year can be a challenge. For me the missing element has been the family (and sometimes the money). My wife and I have no kids and have lived far from our families for most of our adult lives. Of course, one could say we could travel to our families to spend the holiday with them, but driving mountain passes in snow and ice storms is not my idea of a fun time. Of course there is always our friends but I always feel awkward hanging out with them and their families.
So, my challenge this year is to find a way to find meaning in this holiday season and not become depressed. The question I pose to all of you is what makes the holiday season meaningful to you?