A COMFORTING JOY

For many people, this season isn't a time of joy. The commercial emphasis on Christmas and the focus on picture-perfect celebrations makes those without family, or whose family is dysfunctional, feel even more alone. There is, however, a comforting joy to be found and celebrated at Christmastime—and any time. And it's not too late for them to find it.

When my wife and I lived in Venezuela, we felt surrounded by more festive public celebrations of Christmas than we had seen anywhere else. The whole city of Caracas would decorate itself, with huge apartment buildings becoming festooned in lights and looking somewhat like 200-foot-high Christmas trees. The streetlamps were covered in garlands, and each shop seemed to try to outdo the next with decorations. Sometimes the whole effect seemed almost overwhelming, but it certainly was a visual delight. At times, it pleasantly distracted us from difficulties we were facing in our own family.

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