It has been estimated that February is the one month of the year that claims more cases of depression in people than any other month.The Christmas festivities are over, the bills are coming in, the days are lengthening but still short and spring seems ages away. At this time of year, it is so easy to fall victim to seasonal adjustment disorder (SAD) and let our negative thoughts develop, destroying our ability to live in the present moment and limiting our hope in the future. The festival of Candlemas, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple is on February 2nd, although we shall have celebrated it on 30th January, which is the nearest Sunday. God had promised the priest Simeon that he would see the Messiah before he died.When Joseph and Mary took the child to the temple, Simeon took the child Jesus into his arms and said those famous words, which we now know as the Nunc Dimittis: ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation,which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’This time in our liturgical calendar marks a turning point. With Candlemas, the Christmas season finally comes to an end.We take down the crib scene for another year and look towards Lent, Holy Week and Easter. It is so very important that we don’t put Jesus away with the crib.It is all too easy to regard him as part of the Christmas decorations and leave him in the manger, forgetting all that God’s gift of his Son means for us. The hustle and bustle of our modern way of life so easily makes us forget the incarnation, as we are carried away by the cares of this world.The message of Christmas however is that Jesus is our Emmanuel, God-with-us, not just for Christmas, but forever.As we begin to look more closely at Jesus’ earthly ministry over the weeks leading up to Easter, we need to keep within us a sense of God’s saving plan for the human race, begun in a small child, born in a stable 2,000 years ago.