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“Christmas Behind Bars”

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This December 23, 2014, The Atlantic, article talks about how inmates at Maine State Prison celebrate Christmas despite rules that say they can’t give gifts.

Something warm and cozy

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Yes, I know that this isn’t a mental health related post, but I thought I would share a link to video of a cozy fire to warm your spirit this morning.  it’s a real fireplace and not computer generated and claims to be 10 hours of video, so if you don’t have a fireplace, but would like the sound of one while you’re doing whatever you opt to do today, here’s a simple fireplace that you don’t need to stoke or bring wood in to enjoy.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on September 7, 2012 by MyAbridged

To those celebrating Christmas my wish for all of you is that it be a safe, joyful celebration, and that the spirit of Christmas overflow from your home to help others who are struggling in some way.  I also wish that people would remember to help those in need everyday of the year though and not just around holidays.

Some Fun Things to Try

Hair dryer

Hair dryer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I haven’t tried any of these ideas personally, but they seem like they would work so I thought for something fun I would share 2 links with you 🙂


Both links are found on NPR: The Salt


How To Build an Indestructible Gingerbread House” offers some tips on building a gingerbread house that is both sturdy and edible


The second link is


“Hair Dryer Cooking: From S’mores To Crispy Duck” which offers some creative uses for a typical hair dryer in the Kitchen





“The holiday season: Not so jolly for some How to relieve (or at least lessen) holiday-induced anxiety, stress”

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This December 6, 2012 article on the Pocono Record website talks about the effect of expectaions during the Holliday season, and ways to maybe decrease some of the stress, anxiety and depression that results in some folks.


  With Christmas arriving in a couple days, I find myself thinking about the idea that there are people who don’t have family they gather with for the holidays.  I recently met someone who when asked if there was anything they wanted for Christmas, responded with, ‘I’m just happy to have a family to celebrate Christmas with’  This is something that is difficult for me to understand, because even though my family has been less then ideal in many ways, we all manage to put our diferences aside and we gather together to celebrate Christmas and other holidays.  Having heard that the person I mentioned before had spent Christmas alone for the past seven years or so, made me realize that I have something that many others don’t have at holiday times.  In a way I feel bad, because I never really thought about people not having anyone to spend Christmas with, and had more or less taken for granted that everyone had someone to share the holidays with.

  I know it’s late now in regards to being able to do much in the way of reaching out to those who will be alone for Christmas, but maybe I can reach out to at least a ew people next year and maybe make their Christmas a little less lonely.

  I think that people being alone for the holidays might explain in part why so many people get depressed or struggle more with mental health issues.  I know there are other reasons that contribute, but I think lonliness is a big factor, since it seems to feed depression.

  I think that if each of us took a look at the people around us, we could all find someone who will be alone for the holidays, so if you could even call them, take some leftovers from your Christmas dinner to them, or even just stop and wish them a happy holiday and ask if there is anything they need, it jst might make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season and many more to come.

Merry Christmas!


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