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EVERYONE EXPERIENCES Christmas a little differently than others. Here are some quotes I found from women authors...

"Evidently, Christmas was an unmitigated joy only for the people who inhabited department-store brochures and seasonal television specials. For everyone else the day seemed to be a trip across a mine field seeded with resurrected family feuds, exacerbated loneliness, emotional excess, and the inevitable disappointments that arise when expectations fall far short of reality." --Joyce Rebeta-Burditt, THE CRACKER FACTORY

"Like everyone in his right mind, I feared Santa Claus. --Annie Dillard, TEACHING A STONE TO TALK

"I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become. ... But there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress." --May Sarton, JOURNAL OF A SOLITUDE

"There are few sensations more painful, than, in the midst of deep grief, to know that the season which we have always associated with mirth and rejoicing is at hand." --Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, TRAITS OF AMERICAN LIFE (1835)

"I do hope your Christmas has had a little touch of Eternity in among the rush and pitter-patter and all. It always seems such a mixing of this world and the next -- but that after all IS the idea!" --Evelyn Underhill, in Charles Williams, ed., THE LETTERS OF EVELYN UNDERHILL

There is no doubt that many struggle with this holiday!

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