Merry Christmas to our readers and supporters, get help if you’re in despair


Christmas is celebrated on the Christian calendar as the time of Jesus’ birth, a time of peace, hope, joy and thankfulness to believers across the globe. For Christians, it is a time to rejoice in Christ’s birth and the blessings that his life have bestowed on those who believe in his teachings.

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, we send youĀ five of our favorite Christmas songs: “Silent Night” by the Temptations; “Every Christmas” by Luther Vandross; “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder; “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway and the irrepressible Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby.” We hope these songs will brighten up your day.

But Christmas sometimes represents a period of inordinate stress, sadness, loneliness and despair for people who have suffered loss, lack appropriate support systems or grapple with challenges such as mental illness that render it difficult for them to experience joy.

As you gather with your loved ones this Christmas, remember to send loving thoughts and prayers to those who are suffering. If you or someone you know experience feelings of depression or suicidal ideation, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you live in New York, call 1-800-LIFENET and get help–