It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year?

Season’s greetings or happy holidays or whatever.

Sharon Stephen
2 min readDec 28, 2022

It’s Christmas/holiday/new year season. It’s the time where we come together to spend time with family, share gifts, feel joy and gratitude, reflect on the past year, look forward to the future.

This writing is dedicated to those who aren’t exactly in the holiday spirit:

To those who had a difficult year, who didn’t accomplish the things that they wanted to.

To those who lost a loved one, or who got their hearts broken.

To those who moved to a new country and are feeling homesick in this period.

To those who entered a new phase in life and might be feeling confused.

To those who just got married, just had a child, just got divorced, just graduated.

To those who were affected by the inflation, who lost their jobs

To those affected by the war, who got displaced.

To those who didn’t neccessarily go through anything but felt overwhelmed with all the terrible news going on in the world.

This is for you;

You might be feeling under pressure to be overly happy and excited in this period and it might be difficult for you because of one reason or the other.

I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. You might not really feel like this is the most wonderful time of the year. You might want to mourn and spend time alone in this period instead of being with friends and family. It’s okay.

Your problems and your feelings don’t suddenly disappear because it’s holiday season. You don’t have to pretend to be okay. You have permission to feel angry or hurt or sad in this period.

This too shall pass and good times will eventually come. Be hopeful, it just might be the most wonderful time of the year next week. It doesn’t have to be now.

I’m sending hugs and kisses your way. I love you.



Sharon Stephen

A young Nigerian woman, sharing her thoughts and feelings, while hoping that you find solace or solidarity in her written words. 💜