How to Banish Holiday Blues in 5 Minutes

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Holiday Blues are a false reality, just like Santa Claus, Frosty and the perfect family!

 

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Try To Remember the Real World

 Each year, we allow imaginary characters to invade our sense of reality. We’re inundated with advertisements that entice us to shower our perfect families with gifts that we can’t afford and perhaps that many of our ‘perfect’ family members won’t even appreciate. 

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Retailers advocate big family gatherings where everyone lovingly gathers at a huge table and toasts to the wonderful awesomeness of life with each other.  Beautiful, picturesque scenes are played out in all advertising forums and we say, ‘Why can’t my family be like that?’ 

 

BECAUSE HOLIDAY BLUES, SANTA CLAUS, FROSTY & PERFECT FAMILIES DON’T EXIST!

 

 This is What’s Really Happening:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

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 Jack Frost nipping at your nose…

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‘Tis’ the season of giving…

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 We’re less than excited for the grotesque multicolored sweaters Aunt Gertrude made for the tenth year in a row.

We grit our teeth and rave about how wonderful they are and give the kids the evil eye so they don’t express how the color looks like a baby’s dirty diaper.

As the weeks between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas rush in, our minds are overwhelmed.  We need an outfit for this party. 

Oh, wow, there’s two parties in one night so we have to split our time AND find a sitter. 

Then there’s the company party where everyone gets drunk and talks about how awesome everyone else is while the entire year they’ve all been cut throat and two-faced to each other.

paradeThere are the parades for the kids  each year.

We stand on the sidewalk in the freezing cold waving at people we don’t even know.

We rack our brains trying to think how we can outdo our siblings this year and give Mom and/or Dad a better present than they do. 

We make that list of cards to send out.  Each time we go back to it, we add 4 or 5 people. 

Such is the same with the gifts list.  We can’t give a gift to this person without giving a gift to that person…and the domino effect keeps going.

Pretty soon, we’re so inundated with tasks that the advertisers are insinuating need to get done that we are miserable…and so we label it the holiday blues.

Meanwhile, in the real world…

Oh bring us some figgy pudding…

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Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie…

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(Ever wonder if these people have the holiday blues?)

People are stressed for time, irritated at the busy lines, exhausted, in a hurry for weeks.  WHY?  What in the world is everyone so stressed for? 

Why is everyone rushing?  It’s not the consumers.  It’s the retailers that are in a hurry.  They impress upon us this sense of urgency that we willingly accept and take on. 

 Slamming Back Into Reality:

What do OUR homes look like?

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Have soldiers invaded OUR neighborhood?

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Have we made an unwise decision?

 

 

 

 

It’s 10 O’ clock…do we know where are kids and family are?

 

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What was that?  Too exhausted to cook dinner tonight?

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K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Silly!

Life truly is what we make it. So are the holidays. 

Please, please enjoy your family, even if you don’t have a big, beautiful, fancy, get together.

Peace and happiness are NOT what we see for weeks during the holiday season.  Peace and happiness are inside.  We make them with our hearts and our minds, not with material things.

No matter who we’re with, what the weather is like or how much money we have…peace and happiness are right there.  Dig deep, they’re there in all of us. 

Knowing this, we also now realize that there’s no such thing as the holiday blues. 

Peace & happiness to all. 

 

 

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