Life is full of joyous and sad occasions. People come and go all the time, which is something we can't control. Christmas is a magical wonderland when we're kids. That's a feeling we can never quite recreate when we're older. Then Christmas becomes what we make of it. We can sit around allowing ourselves to feel sad over someone who is gone or won't come to visit, or we can go out and bring joy to others. Make time to visit shut-ins, hospitals, nursing homes. Participate in church activities. Call on a friend or relative you haven't seen in years. Do these and the joy you bring to others will bring joy to your own heart many times over.