"Resist the cynical “bah, humbug” attitude that will just make you feel more distant from others. Instead, adopt an attitude of “wise understanding” about how the season is so much more complicated than the songs and commercials and holiday parties would suggest. Try a mantra, like “It ain’t necessarily so,” when you find yourself thinking that others have a better life right now than you do."
“Christmas is like a snowstorm that we all go through together, with good parts and bad,” Dr. Doherty says. “Some years it’s more good, and some it’s more bad.”