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Does anyone else get the holiday blues?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Not to depress anyone but<

I hate to say it I just get really sad around christmas time. I always think about all the people that don't have family, and then I get sad. And I worry about the animals in shelters that don't get to enjoy the day with a family Maybe I'm just to senstive.
I try to get myself all hyped up about how wonderful the day is going to be great0 and it is never what I expect. I don't know. this time of the year just makes me feel so sad and I don't want to feel bad. The only time of the year I am more unhappy is my birthday! Oh well maybe things will change soon and I can enjoy the holidays with everyone else.
post #2 of 21
((((((((((Val))))))))))

No, you're not the only one who feels like this. Some years, I love the holidays and get caught up in the excitement; other years, I simply endure them.

Bless your heart, there are a bunch of kitties that wouldn't have a home if not for you.
post #3 of 21
I agree Val this time of year has gotten more and more depressing for me over the years too. {{{{HUGS}}}}
post #4 of 21
Val:

The trick is not to ramp yourself up about how great it is going to be. It's a day, just like yesterday and tomorrow. If you don't build it up to be something fantastic, then you can't be disappointed.
post #5 of 21
I, for one, am not down. A long time ago, I realized that there is no point to excessive worrying about things that I can do absolutely nothing about.

I look at what I DO have: people who love me, unconditionally - Bill, my parents, Mark, Katey - a good job, cozy house and new car. I'm still fairly young and reasonably healthy. My pets are a source of amusement and affection and face it - I have the world's cutest grandkids!

Val, look at the god things, in YOUR life. You can't save the world, just a little part of it.
post #6 of 21
(((((PrincessPurr)))))

I am usually really, REALLY excited around the holidays but this year I'm not so much. It's the best xmas ever - I got Cupid - but it doesn't feel that special. I guess it could be b/c I didn't put a tree up this year.

I think about the people w/o families too. It's so wonderful to be with family today.

I hope you feel better soon. Cheer up!
post #7 of 21
I have notice a little downer myself this year . But maybe beacours we did not have any decoration what so ever . And the more I think about the more I think it is only just of buying gifts and not what it suposed to be . I guess to look at the good things we do have is a good one to focus on in life and take one day at a time .
post #8 of 21
Cindy,I have to disgree I have the worlds greatest grandhildern!!!
post #9 of 21
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Originally posted by sherral46
Cindy,I have to disgree I have the worlds greatest grandhildern!!!
MINE are a double-dose of cute!
post #10 of 21
got me there! I have 6 grandchildern from age 8 to 2 at 1 year.(2 different son's have a 1 year old!)
post #11 of 21
I think that without children to fill the day with the magic of their excitement, that Christmas is just another day. You can choose to celebrate what you do have in your life- and buy a tree, get presents and fill your home with friends and laughter, or you can just get depressed that it is even here at all.

This year, we had other things on our mind and heart besides celebrating the day. The grandkids are in Alaska this time, so it is really just Mike and I and the critters. It was our decision to just go to church last night and do nothing else about the holiday as far as lights, trees, presents etc. It was a personal choice made in the moment, and I suspect next year, we will go all out and celebrate with style.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
maybe by next year I will have a baby an that will make things different. This day is just more depressing then anything. We dont have the money we normally do and could not buy for everyone like we like to, so it was just a ho hum day. ALOT of people are saying it doesn't even feel like christmas, it must be the weather around here or something. I thought I had off tomorrow but it turns out I have to work so I don't even have that to look forward to
post #13 of 21
I usually find myself dreading Christmas (too hectic, too much "togetherness"), so generally I'm relieved when it turns out to be bearable. Christmas is almost over here (we're 6 hours ahead of EST), I've survived it, and actually had a very pleasant time this year. I agree with M.A. - Christmas is so much better when kids are around. I had a lot of fun finding stocking stuffers, etc. for the nieces and nephews. My brother-in-law went into hysterics today when I said this, but it's true - we (only) put up a Christmas tree for the cat, because he gets such a kick out of it. Ever since we've had him, all my heirloom decorations have remained carefully packed away, and we decorate the tree with wooden and cloth ornaments for him - he usually manages to destroy about 10 -15 between Christmas and New Year's. He also loves his Christmas dinner - water-packed tuna for humans, which he only gets on Christmas, his birthday, and when he's wormed before his annual shots. What excitement! Real tuna! We ate a big meal at my in-laws' at noon, and afterwards my 10-year-old niece walked the two blocks to our house with me to take Jamie Cat for his afternoon walk. On the way, two neighborhood cats, whom I pet all the time, came up to get their fair share of affection. My niece very innocently asked me, "Are you one of those mad cat ladies?" I guess so!
post #14 of 21
I hate this time of year, and am always glad when it is over. I am so sick of buy, buy, buy, and few people even remember what the day is all about. I bet most Christians don't even realize that the date was set so as to coincide with a Pagan holiday, to draw Christians away from Paganism and not miss a holiday. Several Christian holidays were determined that way.
post #15 of 21
Krazy Kat - I didn't know about this pagan holiday, I am intrigued, what is it?
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yule is the pagan holiday , it is the first day of winter Dec 22. We didn't even celebrate yule this year we did christmas with my parents but it didn't feel like christmas.
post #17 of 21
I just really missed spending time with my Granny yesterday, there were many times where I wanted to talk to her...so I did...in my thoughts and prayers.

I get really sad also when I think about families that don't have anything such as food, shelter and clothing.
post #18 of 21
I don't get them but my mom get's it really bad

{{{Hugs}}}
post #19 of 21
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Originally posted by krazy kat2
I hate this time of year, and am always glad when it is over. I am so sick of buy, buy, buy, and few people even remember what the day is all about. I bet most Christians don't even realize that the date was set so as to coincide with a Pagan holiday, to draw Christians away from Paganism and not miss a holiday. Several Christian holidays were determined that way.
My friends in Orthodox churches tell me that this is why they celebrate the historical birth of Christ in January.
post #20 of 21
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Originally posted by Princess Purr
And I worry about the animals in shelters that don't get to enjoy the day with a family
You could do what I plan to do; every month Darrell and I are going to sponsor one cat. That means we will pay for their adoption fees and neutering fees and they will be "free to a good home".

It might help you feel better about those animals in the shelter.
post #21 of 21
I enjoy the holiday. Its one of very few days my entire family gets together. We're all spread out all over the state and into Pennsylvania. I don't decorate my house the way I used to, but thats a health issue. My partner and I spend Christmas with our own families so I don't get to see him on that day. Money is always tight in the winter due to oil heat bills ($200-300 a month) But I have people who love me and I'm relatively healthy. Nothing is being threatened to be turned off and my mortgage is paid. I cut back on the kids presents. I no longer buy them $50 gifts. And they don't notice or really care. They were remembered and love their favorite aunt.

One of the things I remember from my college Psych classes is that during the Christmas season, the happiest of people can feel depressed. Its quite prevelant. TV hypes the season up so that everyone looks like they're affording huge presents for their family when the reality is the opposite. How many cars have you given or received for Christmas?? And everyone is happy and their problems are solved in 30 to 90 minutes.

The trick is to make sure your depression doesn't last. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. If you need a hug, get one. Contribute to your charity with your time instead of money. I work at a Battered Womans Shelter the weekend before the holiday helping them wrap gifts and baking. Count your blessings, do something to help those less fortunate. And don't be ashamed to seek medical help if it goes that far. Depression can be a chemical imbalance too.
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