The blatant answer is NO. Not everbody has such an adorable, fun-filled, happy-laced, experience the last two weeks of the year. It is no secret that domestic disputes increase during the Holidays, as do thoughts of divorce. Many people struggle with Rejection in life from their childhood and upbringing. Those same people tend to bring it into marriage and their adult years as well. For many, Christmas time comes and SMACK dab hits them in the face, as if it was a rogue snowball tossed out of no where.
I have several friends that have gotten divorced this year. Do you think that Christmas will be enjoyable for them? Probably not. It evokes emotions like never before. Many will long and hunger for brighter times in their lives.
I have several friends that have lost loved ones this year. Do you think that Christmas will be enjoyable for them? Probably not. They will be reminded of what WAS and not IS. It is hard not to yearn for having things back the way they were prior to losing a loved one. All of the good memories from the past flash before their eyes.
Many people did not experience a very good childhood. Some were beaten, abused, and neglected. The Holiday's tend to dredge up bad memories from the past, that they would rather leave buried somewhere in the depths of their mind.
Just because retail marketers tell you that it is a Happy-Joyous occasion, does not mean that it is to all. I challenge each one of you (myself included) to be sensitive to others lives and what they might be experiencing. They more than likely are not going to come out and tell you that they are stuggling with being filled with joy this season, but you might be quick to call them a "Scrooge" or "Bah Humbug." Let's try drilling down a little deeper with others emotions this Christmas season, and show them the Grace and Mercy that Christ portrayed to us...