While the true meaning of Christmas never changes and should give us plenty of reason to rejoice, we are complex beings, capable of a variety of emotions, and living in a very complicated world. Our expectations for a “happy holiday” are founded on years of family and societal traditions. Our visions of beautiful decorations, perfect presents, sumptuous meals, and joyous family gatherings are often based on what we see and hear on television and social media. And of course we are encouraged to spend, spend, spend money on things most of us could readily do without. I won’t discourage you from doing whatever brings you joy, but I would also remind you that there are those among us who will be sad, discouraged, and disheartened during the holidays as they struggle with health and financial problems, the loss of loved ones, family conflicts, and other difficulties. Don’t forget to be understanding, encouraging, and supportive if you have the opportunity to do so.