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Friday, December 26, 2014

Do You Suffer from Post-Holiday Letdown?

No matter which holidays you celebrate, there's no disputing that the atmosphere this time of year is different. There's so much buildup toward special events at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. So much anticipation. Through it all, it somehow feels as if things are going to be different when it's all done...our hopes will be met...our dreams fulfilled. The perfect time will be had by all.

Every heart will be warmed...every life enriched.

These out-sized expectations are rarely met in full or even in part. Humans are supremely talented dreamers. We excel at creating the perfect expectation, the fondest hope. But when, inevitably, those expectations aren't met it can sometimes hit us hard.

Reality in the face of all that magic can be depressing. The meal you thought you'd planned to perfection doesn't turn out quite as well as you'd hoped. The fun time together playing games and enjoying movies doesn't quite pan out. The game you chose is missing parts or nobody wants to play. The movie you selected stinks. Half of your guests are sick. Something breaks in the house. The dogs fight. Whatever it is...something less than perfect is going to happen to turn your expectation of a flawless time together into a broken dream.

And then the holidays are over. The presents have all been opened, the food is gone. Some of us return to lonely homes or hated jobs. Depression sets in. You can't seem to shake the blues. You're suffering from post-holiday letdown.

So what's the fix for all of that negativity? The answer is really kind of simple. Make the entire year as special as the holidays.

Kindness shouldn't be limited to a certain time of year. The pursuit of peace and joy should be a daily thing. The overflowing of love and hope shouldn't happen only around Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah or New Years. Your wish to make others happy should be a yearlong thing.

Yes, the holidays will still sparkle with a special kind of magic. And yes you can still enjoy their unique color, music and energy. But underscoring that specialness should be the knowledge that you don't need a particular time of year to follow your dream and make other people's lives better. When your life returns to normal, you can still be filled with dreams, hope and love. If you live your life that way, the magic never really leaves. It only changes form from day to day, becoming whatever you need it to be.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Kenzie Michaels said...

LOL....last night my oldest son told me the older he gets, Christmas seems like 'just another day', due to the fact we don't go all Christmas-present/gift buying crazy around here. But at the same time, he enjoys the family being together.

I also think it's due to the fact the month of December is a month-long celebration for us, with a birthday every week, plus Christmas and New Year's. We have our 'let down' after we take down the decorations usually around Jan 5th.

Sam Cheever said...

Wow, Kenzie! A birthday every week? You have it worse than I do! LOL I have a birthday in October, 2 in November, 1 in December, and 1 in January. Added to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Super Bowl...what? that's not a holiday? really? snort! seems like a LOT.

Lynda Bailey said...

Timely post, Sam...and I completely agree with you! If we spent the year being kind to one another, we'd be that much closer to peace on Earth...

Here's to a joyous and safe 2015!

Melissa Keir said...

It is hard to not be disappointed. There's such a buildup and desire to have everything perfect. I'm getting older and so are my kids. As adults, they don't have that magical response to the season. This year, my son even found his gifts and knew what he got before he opened them! Of course I couldn't yell, I'd done the same!

The best part of the holiday was listening to everyone laughing and enjoying themselves.

Sam Cheever said...

That's part of the solution, I think, Melissa. If we could learn to put the emphasis on the things that really and family...instead of gifts and parties, we'd all come out of the season feeling energized rather than let down. Great point!

Rose Anderson said...

My dad passed away on this date nearly 20 years ago and most of my family is gone now so I'm always a bit wistful with memories of full-family gatherings that used to be. I'm in high-gear for about 2 weeks leading up to Christmas with gift-making, decorating, and party-planning for a big Christmas Eve party we have each year. Today I feel like a zombie. lol Happy New Year to you too, Sam. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Sorting out Christmas feelings is always hard around this time of year. It's hard to deal with some of them, as we've all lost people we wish were with us. Still, a wonderful time of the year..

Sam Cheever said...

You're so right, Lynda! I'll drink bubbly to that! LOL

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