Blue Christmas: when holidays are painful

The Island Now

Feeling blue this holiday season? If so, you are not alone. The Congregational Church of Manhasset is hosting a 3 p.m. service on Sunday, December 5, that might prove helpful. The church’s “Blue Christmas” Service will include prayers, scripture, and music as a reminder that God is ever near.

Why do people feel down during the holidays? According to Rev. Jimmy Only, “It could be for a variety of reasons. It could be Covid fatigue. It could be the death of a loved one. It could be painful memories. It could be a prolonged illness or a difficult diagnosis. It could be an unhappy marriage or unemployment. It could be sadness at the realization that life may never be what it once was.”

Whatever the cause, The Congregational Church’s “Blue Christmas” Service might help make the holidays more palatable.

The Congregational Church is located at 1845 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset (across from the Apple Store). For more information contact Rev. Jimmy Only or Rev. Lori Burgess at 516-526-8391 or visit

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