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Blue Christmas hosted by Kamloops churches

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The radio blares, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

However, what if you don’t feel wonderful?

Shopping mall muzak advises to “Have a holly, jolly, Christmas!”

But, what if you feel anything but jolly and the holly wishes seem hollow?

If you are emotionally or spiritually stressed during the holiday season, it can feel as though everyone else is  having a wonderful time while you are miserable.

The world expects you to have a pasted-on smile  and say words like, “Merry” and “Happy,” but sometimes it is just too hard to fake it.

This is why people from United  Church congregations and the community are offering an alternative this month.

Blue Christmas is an opportunity for those who have a hard time at this time of year.

Blue Christmas is a time to be with other people who are real.

When you feel blue, it helps to know others do, too.

At a Blue Christmas event, people gather for a time of prayer and remembrance. They  light candles for the places of grief or loss in lives.

Blue Christmas gatherings will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Kamloops United Church, at St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue in downtown Kamloops; and on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave. in North Kamloops



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