(This is my own poem):
“HO HO HO”…
I don’t always know….
Christmas Season…. happy?
Silly Season… melancholy?
As a Forty Plusser I definitely know that there’s suppose to be a thing called the “Christmas Spirit”. I am not always in touch with this spirit! Not at all! Mostly, because of my depression, it is a great effort to get into this “feeling”. But I try anyway! Decorating the Christmas tree helps to brighten up my gloomiest of moods!
Wikipedia: “Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world”.
We all experience Christmas differently. Right, there are days that I wish for some sort of survival mode buttons in life…Actually a PANIC button!! Lol!!.. getting Christmas over… It can easily become a journey of complete endurance…
Christmas Carols: Wow! “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer”. “White Christmas”, “We wish you a merry Christmas!”. Okay, Christmas Carols is nice, but after hearing the same song over 20 times on the radio or shopping mall I am a little bit fedup…
Aftermath: Christmas can become a financial headache. Have you noticed that you feel pressured to spend more than you can actually afford? Creditcard bills can take months to clear!
Memories: This is a big one for me. If you lost a loved one, Christmas can trigger painful memories.
Expectations: Christmas don’t have to be an absolute “perfect” day. No need for pressure! The media like to advertise idealised expectations regarding Christmas!
Family gatherings: Christmas is great time to social with friends and family. Not all people like family gatherings. Sometimes people just feel obligated to join family holiday gatherings. The truth is that you will always have “that family member”that loves causing the occasional family drama. Just smile…
Traditions: There’s a lot of pressure to keep up with family traditions. I am over it. I don’t continue family traditions that leaves me tired and overwhelmed.
Eating habits: Christmas Holidays is that time of year when the best food is cooked. Don’t even try to diet this time of year! You will only fool yourself!
Hangover: There are two types of hangovers during the Silly Season. Number one: People intend to drink too much. Number two: After spending too much time with family you can develop an emotional hangover.
Shopping: Online shopping is a real lifesaver! I choose not to shop in shopping malls, because it’s a bit crowded and I can easily fall in the trap of “retail therapy” and spend way too much money!
Yes, you can either love the idea of Christmas… or if you hate it…just fake it till you make it!
Wisdom: “Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love”.