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#MicroblogMondays 122: Post-Christmas Blues

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The day after Purim is usually a bit of a letdown.  There is relief because I pulled off all the costumes and presents, but there are also hours where I feel down because so much energy was directed at getting through the holiday, and now the holiday is over until next year.

I imagine that is what Christmas is like, too.  I mean, most people are off today, so that helps to extend the holiday feeling.  But all good things must come to an — albeit temporary in the case of annual traditions — end.

How do you get through the blues that occur after a big deal event has passed?  Any Christmas traditions for a soft landing?


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1 Nabanita Dhar { 12.26.16 at 5:08 am }

I sulk for a while, not proud of doing it, but it seems inevitable. It takes a while to get back to the normal grind.

2 St. E { 12.26.16 at 5:54 am }

How do you get through the blues that occur after a big deal event has passed? Any Christmas traditions for a soft landing?

No Purim/Christmas for me, but at the end of major activity, I make an effort to pursue anything that de-stresses me – read a book, watch a movie….something like that.

3 Beth { 12.26.16 at 6:33 am }

I actually enjoy the getting back to normal a bit. Holidays are overwhelming. I will have a hard time this year when my daughter has to go back to school however. But I have 9 more days of fun first so I’ll deal with that when it happens.

4 Ms. Infertile { 12.26.16 at 7:46 am }

Since I moved overseas, the holidays have been a lot calmer because we don’t got back to the States and no longer run around trying to visit everyone. I really starting to like this time of year again, so we keep eating and drinking too much while probably listening to music too loud, go for walks and shop a bit. I do look forward to less people around but that’s just my grumpy city self.

5 Parul Thakur { 12.26.16 at 8:47 am }

I love that how we wait for festivals, then they come and go by so quick. But I enjoy getting back and then waiting for the next. It’s a cycle that goes on and on. 🙂

6 KeAnne { 12.26.16 at 11:00 am }

Normally I do feel a bit blue after the holidays, but this has been such a weird year that I’m kind of glad. The three of us now have an entire week left of vacation to play, rest, watch movies…just try to relax a bit.

7 Cristy { 12.26.16 at 12:43 pm }

Given how stressful the holidays have always been for me, I actually enjoy the peace that comes after the craziness. Today is a relaxing day and it’s nice to recover.

8 35jupiterdrive { 12.26.16 at 1:28 pm }

This year I have to go to the craft store. I need yarn needles. (Rolls eyes at self.) We celebrate Boxing Day, due to UK-born family & friends.

Usually it’s a quiet day. My aunts used to bake special tarts for the day, something I normally do, although I do rather Canadian butter tarts instead of the mincemeat they would make. It’s a wind-down day, no bill-paying (unless for charity) and no tasks that don’t have some degree of fun to them, as you’re still on Holiday. If I were home, I’d take a walk in the park.

Having a day that’s specifically for winding down, whose purpose is to relax is a good bridge between what may either have been too much or too little excitement.

Highly recommend Boxing Day.

9 Laurel Regan, CZT { 12.26.16 at 1:55 pm }

I’m fortunate in that our office is closed in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so I don’t really have to face the letdown until next week. It helps a lot. 🙂

10 Jenn P { 12.26.16 at 2:22 pm }

I just want to nap. I don’t like all the running around and faking it with family members who barely know me. I’d rather keep things low key and stay home. Hopefully next year.

11 Traci York { 12.26.16 at 3:57 pm }

Even though we just had the absolute most low-key xmas ever, I still find myself feeling those post-holiday blues today. The only way I’ve ever figured out to deal with it is to acknowledge it’s hitting me, wallowing for a short time, then trying to focus on other things (even if it’s binge-watching something).

Sending happy recuperating vibes to everyone!

12 torthuil { 12.26.16 at 4:18 pm }

Any expectations I had for Christmas are now subsumed by just wanting to stop being sick. I was barely awake for Christmas dinner and on today, (my birthday) all I want is as much time in bed as possible. Oh well. I cope by looking forward to other fun things and tidying up. Always feels good to have an organized life, though it won’t happen today.

13 Mali { 12.26.16 at 5:55 pm }

Boxing Day – no blues whatsoever. I sleep in, laze around, and do exactly whatever I want to do … or do nothing. I almost always feel satisfied after major events, because whatever part of life has been on hold until that event, I can now look forward to it.

Though I do suffer from post-travel blues, quite frequently.

14 Cyn K { 12.26.16 at 8:29 pm }

As I age, I lower my expectations for Christmas. That helps me avoid the post-holiday blues. As we went for a drive this morning, the sun was shining for the first time in a few weeks. I thinking how thankful I was that it WASN’T a white Christmas. There’s something about having the holiday looking like a greeting card or cheesy Hallmark film that makes me feel even more depressed when I realize it is a lot of hype.

15 Ryan { 12.26.16 at 8:59 pm }

A bit of a recovery day, but it’s not over yet, and there might still be some fun in store. Next weekend promises to be epic, with a wedding/birthday/New Year’s bash.

16 Chris { 12.26.16 at 11:26 pm }

I definitely feel the blues of it, even though I find it harder to look forward to the holidays since my mom’s death 11 holidays’ ago. Still, today has felt…blah. And, neither my husband nor I get today off so we’ve been working even though most of the world is’t. Kinda blech. But the week only gets worse as I have oral surgery Friday so even work is preferable to that! LOL

17 Working mom of 2 { 12.26.16 at 11:40 pm }

For me the blahs aren’t really specific to Christmas – – it’s more anytime I get a few days off and go on any kind of vacation. Things are crazy at work and you’re like ha ha see you all in a few days or a week or so, I’m outta here. Then when it’s over, and you have to go back to work, or your messy house/life it’s like blah you gotta face everything that you left behind.

18 Amber { 12.27.16 at 12:52 am }

My biggest “holiday blues” moment is the clean up. I really, really having to put away all the decorations, especially taking down all the tree ornaments. Ugh. Once that tree is out of the house, I feel a huge sense of relief just having that task done. Besides that, I love the aftermath of just being able to relax and watch the kids enjoy their new toys.

19 Geochick { 12.27.16 at 1:19 pm }

I am happily ensconced in my cube today (tues) and glad that christmas is over. It was rough this year in terms of managing a 5-yo’s expectations.

20 Vinitha { 12.27.16 at 3:46 pm }

My son already started the count down for the next Christmas day. It feels a bit sad to say bye to the holidays but they will come again next year. That’s a relief. 🙂

21 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 12.27.16 at 4:00 pm }

A lot of times I do feel like that after Christmas (especially when we’re taking the tree down) or other big things that I’ve been planning for awhile (trips, parties, etc.) Phillip and I have had this idea of making kind of a ritual of un-decorating and reflecting on the past year, but we haven’t actually implemented it yet.

22 loribeth { 12.29.16 at 5:35 pm }

I too am very glad for Boxing Day. It’s typically a day where we laze around the house, play cards & eat up the leftovers (or at least start eating them, lol). You CAN go shop the Boxing Day clearance sales (think Black Friday), but I’ve never felt the urge to do so…!

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