Holiday Gift Guide for Someone Suffering a Melancholy Christmas


I thought I’d try something different tonight. The Mighty writing challenges for the month of December came today, and I decided to write for those of us who are living with depression this holiday season. Even if we can’t pretend to be merry, we still want to be included in Christmas celebrations.

  1. Amy Grant–Tennessee ChristmasAmy says she wants people to know it’s okay to be alone.
  2. SARK–Planet Sark blankets             Roomy enough to wrap yourself up or build a blanket fort.
  3. Seymour Swine and the Squealers    Still funny after 30 years
  4. Plain old colored sugar cookies. I live for these things.
  5. White fudge-covered Oreos. I haven’t had them in years!
  6. Take us to see Christmas lights. Long drives with someone we love is a gift. All we have to do is just ride and chat.
  7. Text us to ask us not only what we need, but also what we want. Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean we wouldn’t enjoy a small treat.
  8. If you take us to run errands, make it like two people who actually enjoy each other’s company instead of a pity or a duty date. I ‘d rather stay home than have someone feel sorry for me.
  9. Be aware that we may not be able to give you reciprocity right now, but we don’t want to wait until we feel better to connect with our friends.
  10. Treat us just as you would your other friends. Call us. If we say no to an invite, don’t take it personally. But we might say yes if we feel pretty good when you ask us. Take a chance!

BONUS: If you haven’t heard from someone in a long time, call. We’ll be so glad you did. It might be as good for you as it is for us.

P.S. This was supposed to be December 1st’s post. I accidentally saved it as a draft instead of publishing. I know I owe you a post. I’ll have to try to catch up this weekend!



About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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