It seems 'the season' is upon us (as the jaunty Christmas carols at the supermarket told me this week)! Amongst the plans being made, gifts being bought, and lights being untangled, clergy and their families often see the harder side of Christmas as well. I remember talking to a psychiatrist a few years ago who told me 'Christmas keeps us in business (and also means we need a holiday in the following month!).' It can be a bittersweet time for many, and clergy families see that hurt and loneliness and choose to make a huge difference to the lives of these individuals by listening, comforting, and caring for them by providing meals or gifts. Thank you for doing all these things, it means so much to those you do it for.
We were reading about an Australian PK who enjoyed growing up in a clergy household. When she was asked if there was anything she would change, she replied: "I did kind of wish we could have simply had just 'family time' on Christmas Day."