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Editorial: Blue Christmas

For many, the holidays are a special time of year—a time of joy and happiness, with family and friends spending time together, giving and receiving gifts, gathering for meals and other celebrations.

But sadly, not everyone feels the same way.

For some, the added pressures of the season, combined with memories of loved ones who have passed away or are absent from our lives, make getting through Christmas and New Year’s into more of a chore than a celebration. For far too many, sadness and anxiety have become familiar but unwelcome guests.

The pandemic has only exacerbated the problem, increasing the general sense of anxiety and uncertainty, as well as the isolation that some may feel.

Just knowing you’re not alone as you struggle with holiday depression can be a comfort. That’s why what Gloucester’s Apostles Lutheran Church is doing is such a blessing (see related story). The church will hold its first “Blue Christmas” service on Dec. 21, giving people a chance to reach out...

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