Christmas Is Over and You’ve Got the Holiday Blues?
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens
I wish Christmas Day came with an extended warranty that allowed it to last at least 48 hours. It goes by way too fast. Who’s with me? On the 26th, life hits “resume” and boom, it’s back to reality. Back to work. Trucks to drive, patients to see. Businesses to tend, bank accounts to refill, trash to carry out and who did we think would actually eat all these cookies?
Real life doesn’t ever stop, even for a little while. Ask a policeman, the guy in the toll booth, a hotel worker, a nurse. The pulse of work beats continuously. We’re lucky to get a pause.
We’ve had weeks of holiday hype and build-up. Days of shopping, wrapping, decorating, and hours of cooking and baking crammed in an already full schedule. There’s a unique and peculiar sort of exhaustion that sets in as Christmas comes to a close. Have you felt it? Too much rich food, too much sugar, too much alcohol. Mix those excesses with too little of sleep and you’ve got a recipe for mental fog, eyes that want to slam shut, a rumbling gut and a sloth-like lack of motivation. Yuck.
Where do we go from here?
We just get back to normal, that’s all. It’s that simple. All week long you’ll see article after article with tips for “beating post-holiday depression.” Don’t get tangled up in the drama. A slight let down is a normal emotional response whether we had a delightful Christmas or a disappointing one. Think of it like a balloon that’s been over-inflated by all the excitement. Now, the air is slowly going out of it as the days pass by.
The mild case of the blues you might feel after Christmas is simply a “return to earth” kind of feeling. What goes up must come down, right? Athletes often have similar emotions after a big competition when it’s right back to the daily grind of training. Some brides feel a little sad when all the excitement of planning their wedding is replaced by everyday married life. All are big life events and we shouldn’t get too caught up worrying about a temporary dip in our emotions afterward.
What comes after Christmas? See it with new eyes and get ready to be dazzled.
Here’s something important to remember. We observe Christmas in the last month of our calendar but Advent and Christmas are the beginning of the church year, not the end! The one true reason we celebrated so exuberantly is the birth of Jesus. It’s easy to lose sight of that but critical to remember. When Jesus appeared it marked a fresh start for mankind. What more perfect time for a fresh start for you and me?
So look forward, not back! Get ready to step into a new year filled with hope and joy! I will see you again next year! No post on Monday January 1, but get ready because we’re going to bust a move as we travel forward into 2018 and really begin to see life with new eyes! Happy New Year!