Sorry to hear you get depressed this season, Sandi. It should be a joyous celibration. I sing also, and my wife who is also a Sandee. Christmas season is always busy with the usual presents and such, but the singing in church is always very special and sometimes remorse does tend to set in when it`s over. Kinda anticlimactic, but worth all the effort.
When Sandee and I moved to GA between `05 and `07, we left the family in FL. The tradition, which pales in comparison to your family, was all of us coming together on Christmas Eve and having a big meal and opening presents. It was always at my house and we decorated extensively and it was a warm fuzzy. Now nobody carries on, even though I have 3 brothers and 2 have houses larger than my old one. Mom is 83 and Dad is gone. All of that just passed by the wayside.
We now have Christmas parties for the choir and/or the seniors from church in our much smaller log home, which we still decorate. Sandees disabled 40 yo son, Carter, lives in another log cabin on our property and will have Christmas Dinner with us. We enjoy the season, but the majority of our family we don`t see, encluding my remaining son who lives in FL.
So, we`ll have an 11:00 am church service on Christmas Day and this year Christmas Dinner is pork loin with all the fixins. Then football on the tube (Tube-?, can it still be called that?) in the afternoon. Very quiet.
I hope others will share their Christmas with us also. Thanks for starting this thread.
Paul and Sandee