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Plan B: When Christmas Music Makes You Want to Gag

I know I've said before that Christmas is just a tough time of the year for me. Actually, Thanksgiving, too. I typically find this time of the year to be painful, as many do, although thankfully that is lessening to a small degree each year. It is not that I am without joy, but joy and happiness are not necessarily the same thing and I dislike all the pressure to constantly be "merry." I feel joy at the beautiful gift of a Savior in Jesus. I love the nativity narratives, particularly the way Mary ponders everything in her heart. 

I guess if that's how I would best describe what Christmas is for me, it is "pondering." Maybe, too, it is that it isn't actually Christmas yet. I feel a little jaded at the constant Christmas decor that seems to find it's way into stores earlier each year. I'm just over the commercialism and longing for that day when all wrongs will be put right and every tear will be wiped away. And frankly, it's technically Advent…

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