Category: Seasons & Celebrations

Be Proactive to Beat the Post-Holiday “Blues” (Part 1)

By , November 20, 2017

Several years ago, I wrote a long article with personal recommendations for beating the “post holiday blues.” The Website the article appeared on has since folded. It’s time to reclaim this work, and, since I recommend starting before the holidays to avoid feeling bad after the holidays, I should put this out there ahead of the coming Christmas season for your consideration. It’ll be in two parts. I’m adding links to related blog posts on the subject from past years.

A song of the season says it all: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” For most of us, the holidays are an annual high point; so naturally, it’s all downhill from there! No wonder so many people experience post-holiday blues.

This natural response to the end of the holidays can be lessened or even eliminated. Here are a few suggestions for how to do that:

A key to avoiding post-holiday blues is to find something to look forward to after the holidays. To do this, it helps to clearly define the dates of your holiday, then devote your time and attention to the holiday season within those dates, excluding everyday pursuits and cares as much as possible. Gradually starting and ending your celebration can often contribute to feelings of let down.

weary Santa ornament

Even Santa can feel run down during the holidays! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The span of the holiday season is wonderfully elastic. Depending on personal or family preference, one can choose the beginning and ending dates of the season based on a variety of factors.

Retailers would be pleased if you started before Thanksgiving; many people use that day to start their holidays. Others wait until Christmas Eve. (see Feeling Holidaisical: Christmas Comes to the Zeiger Family Homestead.)

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For Halloween: My Own Personal Horror Show!

By , October 31, 2017

Don’t even think about looking for photos here . . . .

When I got the call that my FIT test indicated I should go in for a colonoscopy, I swore I’d keep it to myself. After all, better humorists than I have written better essays about the procedure than I ever could, particularly Dave Barry (see A Journey Into My Colon—and Yours! from the Miami Herald).

What could I possibly add to that? Except this: the essay first appeared 9 years ago. A loved one recently got her colonoscopy, and, on a whim, wrote to Mr. Barry as instructed in the essay. All these years later, he’s still mailing certificates to people who get colonoscopies!

But I digress. Where was I? Ah, yes. The Horror . . . .

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