Blue Christmas

December 11, 2018
by Brenda Wood

Psalm 42:11 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (NIV)

One of our local churches has a "Blue Christmas" service every year. I haven't yet been able to get to one, but I presume that it is for people who are sad during the holiday. I think that when people are feeling sad, more sadness will not perk them up. I know this from personal struggle.

There are lots of blue Christmas things to blue us up some more. Just word search, and you will find blue ornaments, trees, presents, songs, and yes, even blue menus, all presumably designed to leave us breathlessly blue.

As the song by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson goes, the singer is blue because he is without his love at Christmas, while presumably his love is experiencing a white, happy Christmas.

The chorus is all that saves me from despair:

    You'll be doin' all right,
    With your Christmas of white,
    But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.

That Christmas of white, oh, that Christmas of white … Thank God for the Christ who makes my Christmas a Christmas of white.

Isaiah 1:18 – "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (NIV)

Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the promise that someday we will be with You forever, and with our loved ones once more … through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Another great insight, thanks for sharing and your timing.


    Dear Brenda, thank you for today’s devotional. God bless you!


    Thank God for His White Christmas! Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thanking God every day. Good message, Brenda.
    Chin up my dear friend.


    Thank you. Brenda. I lost my husband at Christmastime. I will see him again.
    Praise God, we will see loved ones and friends again.
    (Manitoba)


    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you for writing this devotional. A good reminder that we have joy in knowing the Lord and can look forward to that “happy day”.
    Blessings to you for a joyous Christmas.
    (B.C.)


    Hi Brenda
    Thank you for your devotional today, for many people this time of the years is blue indeed, but as you say, through faith in Christ it can and will be white.
    Thank you for writing, we wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas


    Dear Brenda,
    Thank you for bringing the concept in your devotion that if we have Christ, we already have the purity of his rightousness with us all the time. I will always remember that in Christ, we always have a “white” Christmas. Thank you for presenting that truth to us.
    (USA)


    Dear Brenda,
    I too have wondered about blue Christmas services. By no means am I diminishing the sadness felt by many at this time of year, but the atmosphere must be rather depressing. (I’ve never attended one either.) Your recognition of a white Christmas embracing the birth of our Saviour is very insightful. And the presence of snow on the ground is completely irrelevant.
    (ON)


    Hello Brenda. Christmas blessings to you! I found most people receive great comfort in that particular service, however, I have never felt the need to attend one.
    People remember, and yes mourn, loved ones differently. I read this today on Facebook, perhaps you did also. It is worth sharing.
    Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing.
    Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.
    All we can do is learn to swim.


    A lot of people do feel down at Christmas. Not just because they have lost loved ones. Our society puts such high expectations on Christmas that it is impossible to fulfill them. All the wrong expectations. You can party all you want, but if you do not kneel before the manger and worship Christ and celebrate His coming, you haven’t celebrated Christmas. On the other hand, if you have nothing, you have nothing to get in the way of doing just that. And you HAVE celebrated Christmas in the only way possible. All the rest is window-dressing. If the Blue service points people to Christ, it is a good thing. Blessings! May you truly celebrate the only thing worthy of celebrating at Christmas.


    Hello Brenda
    I enjoyed this and we, too, have had those services in church. At least at the ones I know of, there is a positive message and a support group and prayer team, in place if needed and usually is, but the ones do go home feeling somewhat better then when they came.
    There is still a lot of blue at this time and I agree with you, the Christ, the white of Christmas should be the focus. Praying people will be directed to the Light and not let the darkness, (blue) get in the way of finding out what Christmas is all about and therefore the rest of the year will be better.
    God bless
    Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.


    A blue Christmas is indeed a service for those who are feeling blue, normally through the loss of a loved one. They are designed for those who are struggling and cannot bear, at this time in their life, to be around a lot of the hustle and bustle and celebration of Christmas. They are not however filled with sadness nor do they dwell on sadness. They are sensitive to the broken hearts that attend them and seek to remind the attendees that God has not forgotten them, that He has a plan, that He is working on their behalf, that better times will come and that their faith in Christ will see them through to healing and joy once again. Many people find hope and another step toward healing through these services. I attended such a service with a young family whose baby son had died. They went in crying and overburdened by grief and walked out filled with a greater sense of peace and hope. I have always been so grateful to that compassionate and caring pastor who was filled with the wisdom of God to minister to such deep pain and loss amidst such a celebratory time of year.
    Have a wonderful Christmas Brenda.


    Unfortunately, you are very wrong. This is not something to experience alone. Finding others with the he same take on Christmas is empowering.
    Just to know you are not alone. You are writing about something you haven’t even bothered to investigate but so many ch as attending a Blue Christmas service. It’s been going on for years in more than one church.
    Ask Tim Purvis. As for experiencing depression alone: don’t ever tell people Bible verses to cover up for your own lack of caring. Go hold their hand.

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