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Tis the season to be jolly?

December 5th, 2010

This verse from the Christmas song “Deck the halls with boughs of holly” belies the sadness that many people feel during the winter holiday season.

Many folks are fortunate to be celebrating with family and friends. I wish you the best, if you are.

But, if you are among those who have lost your job, can’t find a job, or know someone with a serious illness, this season may offer little comfort and joy. If your loved one passed away this year, it’s probably difficult to celebrate.

Either way, I encourage you to look around and observe your co-workers, friends and relatives. Be sensitive to their actions – do they seem reluctant to participate in holiday festivities? Quieter than usual? Staying to themselves or avoiding the group? Don’t try to cheer them up! Just acknowledge their mood, and offer them an opportunity to talk if they want to. They will appreciate your sensitivity.