An Antidote for My "Holiday" Depression
I found an antidote for my “Holiday” depression, best in December. Since, I know there are many like me out there somewhere, I will share my findings with the hope that it may help like it did with me.
I have been one of those that fall into “Holiday” depression in December for many reasons such as change of time, change of weather, and the waste of money on holiday decorations.
The routine of getting out of bed at 6am to go to school since I was four years old, go to work, and then attend my own children has been essential in my life style. I do not need the alarm to wake me up. Automatically I open my eyes at 5am…ohhh yes…I stay in bed a bit more feeling the coziness of the blankets wrapping me up in a pleasurable sensation, which I have to force to end briskly to perform my daily tasks. December is a month that at 6 am the night still covers the sky. The same natural activity happens at 6pm…consequence…the day is shorter putting me in a rush to do things with light, consequence…I fell into “Holiday” depression in December.
Weather changes from sunny hot days to humid wet days with rain, or even changes in the same day; making you dress improperly. I have to get out of my house dressed up and when I see a rainy day like today I will use my boots, but the fact is that unpredictably the weather changes from one way to the other and there I am dressed with boots on a sunny day or with sandals on a rainy day (not to mention other kind of clothes as example). Consequences of the weather changes…I fell into “Holiday” depression in December.
The waste of money on holiday decorations makes my “holiday” depression worse just seeing them thrown in the garbage cans in January. It is so sad to hear from January to November about the bad economical situation we are having around the world…that all of a sudden “money” “money” “money” appears to be wasted in such insignificance ways…that made me fall into “Holiday” depression in December.
Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Depression
In life we will experience bad and good...people that were around us, aren't around anymore and perhaps will never be. Will we dwell among the unchangeable? Why not enjoy life with those that are around us?
I found my antidote one, morning in a little quote book (my precious mom gave it to me in May 1996). I was definitely wrong and I have let go of so much enjoyment just because I kept falling into “Holiday” depression in December. Below I will share my antidote:
The Magic of Christmas, belongs to the filter you are using to see joy in all
Christmas not Holiday
“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burden, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” W. C. Jones
No wonder I kept falling into “Holiday” depression in December because, it is “Christmas” not just a plain old “Holiday” in December. I just let insignificant things and natural activities steal the enjoyment that Christmas brings. Philippians 4:6 says: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God ."
Christmas is when we celebrate with true enjoyment a physical “Holy” event which was the birth of Jesus the son of Jehovah, who was crucified to save us all from our natural ways by grace to reach Heaven by faith in this awesome act of love. Wow!!!! I
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O’Farrill
So This is Christmas
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
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