I write this not to address what the newspapers typically discuss around people down and out at this time of year.
Instead, for those of us who have been more fortunate in our lives, there still are Christmases that have not been merry, for a variety of reasons.
Here is my nightmare Christmas experience:
I had been married for 2 years, I was working for DHL Worldwide Express (the marriage and the company are both over ;+<) and I had gotten a career development position in Indianapolis.
The assignment started on December 1, and my travel priveleges limited my ability to get home for Christmas, Time in a hotel, OK we can deal with that.
It turned out that the hotel I was in was hosting some sort of cult group on Christmas Day. I tried to have a meal in the dining room, and I had to share the table with someone from this cult. The place was so so crowded with this group that I had to share.
I made the "innocuous" Merry Christmas greeting, and this guy started on me about why he was there and it was not about Christmas. I had already ordered my meal, but I got up and left, I just could not imagine spending time with such a person on a day when I was so far away from where I wanted to be and had no interest whatsoever in getting "enlightened" let alone prosletized.
At least there were movies in the hotel room that day.