Having the Christmas blues — and being OK with that

A yearly Christmas service at a Halifax blues club will once again bring people together who aren't feeling all that merry and bright — an event that has a personal resonance for featured performer Erika Kulnys.

Yearly event held at Halifax blues club brings together people not ready to celebrate Christmas

Erika's Kulnys lost her mother to suicide shortly before Christmas four years ago. (erikakulnys.com)

A yearly Christmas service at a Halifax blues club will once again bring people together who aren't feeling all that merry and bright — an event that has a personal resonance for featured performer Erika Kulnys.

The 5th Annual Blue Christmas Service hosted by the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax and Rev. Norm Horofker will take place Sunday at Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs.

Kulnys, a Halifax singer-songwriter, said the event recognizes that not everyone is ready to celebrate Christmas in the way people are expected to.

"The event is a space for people to come together when there's so much pressure and really kind of dogma about being happy," she told CBC Nova Scotia's Information Morning. "And it's a space for people to express their sense of loneliness or isolation or suffering, but also of hope."

Candle lighting

Kulnys said it's a challenging time for her because she lost her mother, Daina, to suicide during the Christmas season four years ago. "Christmas is a time when we expect, in our society, for families to be together."

She said Horofker's event lets people celebrate Christmas "where they are, no matter where that is."

The event includes a candle lighting to remember loved ones lost and relationships cherished now.

Kulnys says her performance will include the song Angel on the Road for her mother, the "pick yourself up tune" Keep Your Feet Moving and Hope, a contemplative song about the darkest day of the year.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.