Christmas is a time to enjoy and be thankful for the merry aspects of life, and look forward to a fruitful new year. But Christmas can also be a time to look back and reflect what once brought joy.
Each year Ponoka’s United and Anglican churches team up to host Blue Christmas. “We do it Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, to give those who are grieving or have lost someone some quiet time,” said Rev. Beatrix Schriner of the United Church.
“It’s really a time for people to take time apart and reflect,” she added.
Those who attend the joint service will be given the opportunity to light a candle in memory of past loved ones.
However, Schriner says the service is not only for people grieving loss, but also for anyone suffering around the holidays. “It’s for anyone having a tough time while the rest of the world is merry.”
Although it’s a Christian service, Schriner believes the message is good for people of any denomination.
The service begins at 7 p.m. at Ponoka Anglican Church.