It's ok to not feel like celebrating the holidays
Who is this service for?
If you have a hard time dealing with the holidays, then this service is for you. This is a service designed for those whom the holidays are not joyful ... they are lonely; you're in mourning; feeling alienated and cast apart from family celebrations; experiencing depression and sadness; you don't want to put on a "happy face" for others.
Why such a service?
This holiday season is for everyone, especially those who struggle with it. We want to communicate that we see you, too. The roots of such a service could even be connected to Mary and Joseph themselves. After all, even this family struggled with isolation, poverty, even homelessness. This service is a safe space for feelings and experiences that can seem contradictory to traditional Christmas celebrations.
What will the service be like?
There will be brief comments, acknowledgements of honest emotions, songs and times of reflection. Yet, the point of the service is not to dwell in grief. We hope the atmosphere of the service is a soothing balm to the plastic atmosphere of traditional "holidays". We hope this service is a shelter in the midst of the storms of life. But, we also have a goal to inspire authentic hopefulness rooted in the coming of Christ.