People who are born close to Christmas will often, sadly, have their special day combined with Christmas. Even if they do get to celebrate their birthday, it will probably always seem to be in the shadow of Christmas. Christmas is such a powerful time of year in our culture, that it can cause just as much sadness as it can pleasure.
While we are inundated with gift promotions and pictures of happy children and adults, there is a rather unfortunate aspect of this holiday. It can be a reminder of less happy times during the holiday period. Imagine losing a loved one just before, or just after, Christmas. You will be reminded of the event for many years to come simply because of the timing. A “Merry Christmas” can be quite the opposite for so many people.
My (late) older sister was born on the same day as myself but 3 years earlier. It is impossible for me to have a birthday without being reminded of her. In my case those thoughts are happy ones, but when I am watching the news on TV during the next 2 weeks, I am really hoping that nobody will get killed or otherwise die unexpectedly because the ones they leave behind are going to be reminded of it every year at this time.
Christmas may well be a time of celebrations; of being charitable; of appreciating what we have when compared to so many others … but is also a time of great sadness for so many.