Guest Blog Post: Christmas – Not Always the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Julie Stevenson, Social Work Student Intern at Luther Village on the Park

The holiday season can be magical, but it can also be a very challenging time for many. The Christmas carols and decorations that once brought a smile to faces and warmth to hearts may cause a different reaction. When we face changes in our lives such as the loss of a partner or other loved ones, or a move to a new living arrangement, the thought of facing Christmas may seem overwhelming.

Recognizing that some of the Luther Village residents may be feeling ‘Blue’ about Christmas, the Wellness Team continued a tradition of hosting a Blue Christmas. The event took place on the evening of December 8th.  The Muskoka Lounge provided a cozy venue, accompanied by live music from our Music Therapist, Brian McBay, and a resident who sang for us.  Joan Stuart of Lutherwood Family Counselling Services gave a wonderful presentation on coping with changes and loss during the holiday season.

For residents feeling ‘blue’ over the holiday season, the Wellness Team provided some helpful tips to make Christmas a little brighter. Here are just a few:

Acknowledge your feelings
Most important of all is to recognize and acknowledge that this Christmas will be different.

Be prepared
Make plans to manage this Christmas so that you’re surrounded with support.

Reach out to others
If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship.

Make new holiday traditions
As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.

The Blue Christmas event is just one example of how the Wellness Team works hard to ensure that the emotional and spiritual needs of residents are met. The evening was wonderful and we hope the residents enjoyed it as much as we did.

The LVP Wellness Team wishes everyone a safe holiday season filled with love and kindness.