Holiday Blues: Are You Having a Charlie Brown Christmas?
Why You May Be Feeling the Holiday Blues
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is one of my all time favorite Christmas programs. Many years ago, I began wondering about Charlie Brown's Christmas state of mind and why he was so blue.
As I watched the Charlie Brown Christmas special for the umpteenth time, I found myself suspecting that Charlie Brown was experiencing a case of the Holiday Blahs and even the Holiday Blues.
Soon into the program when Charlie Brown confides, Linus, I just don't understand Christmas. Instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down.
Charlie Brown is not the only one feeling a bit let down at the holidays. Many people have different reasons for feeling blah during the holidays.
Let's look at several of the reasons that might be causing Charlie Brown to feel blue along with some helpful suggestions for coping with the holidays. There are also some links to memorabilia from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to pick up your spirits.
Image Video Still from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Vote on What's Ailing Charlie Brown
There are several things that could be ailing Charlie Brown.
What's Wrong with Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown Feels Let Down at Christmas
Linus, I just don't understand Christmas.
Instead of feeling happy,
I feel sort of let down...
Charlie Brown and Linus
Charlie Brown Blues could be Experiencing....
Charlie Brown may be experiencing a number of conditions including:
- Holiday Blues
- SAD - Seasonal Affect Disorder
Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas
Watch this holiday classic anytime at home.
People experiencing the blues often feel sad, lonely, depressed and even anxious around the holiday season.
Fortunately, the Holiday Blues tend to be short-term lasting only a few days to weeks around the holidays, subsiding once normal routines are resumed.
Stress is the sum of the biological reactions to any adverse stimulus, be it physical, mental or emotional, internal or external that tends to disturb a person's normal state of well being.
The Holidays can be an extremely stressful time mentally, physically and even financially, particularly for those out of work.
SAD - Seasonal Affect Disorder
SAD is a mood disorder characterized by mental depression, related to a certain season of the year, often winter.
The "winter blues" or feeling sad or depressed during the fall and winter due to decreasing amounts of daylight. SAD can occur alone, or can make symptoms of depression worse.
Mild symptoms respond to spending time outdoors during the day or arranging homes and workplaces to receive more sunlight
Grief is the normal response to loss. The holiday season can be especially difficult for those who have lost a loved one and are facing the first or the umpteenth season without them.
Memories of holiday's past will likely surface, or thoughts of a season that will never be which can be very difficult for a grieving person.
Those separated from loved ones by other circumstances and distance including death can find this season to be a painful time, one that further reminds them of how much they are alone.
Depression is a mental state of depressed mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair, helplessness and discouragement. It tends to occur over a longer period of time--weeks to months.
Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through dysthymia (a less severe, yet more chronic form of depression) to major depression.
Good Grief! I'm Having a Charlie Brown Xmas
The first published versions of the article that I wrote about Charlie Brown and his experiences with the holiday blues along with tops to help deal with the Holiday blues.
Tips for Coping with Holiday Blues
Basics for Coping with the Holidays
For anyone feeling blue like Charlie Brown during the holidays, there are some very basic, common sense steps that can be taken to help.
- Take it one hour at a time, one day at a time.
- Maintain a normal routine. Keep doing your normal daily activities.
- Get enough sleep or at least enough rest.
- Regular exercise, even walking, helps relieve stress, tension and improve moods.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Limit high calorie foods and junk food.
- Avoid using alcohol, medications or other drugs to mask the pain.
- Do those activities, or be with the people that comfort, sustain, nourish and recharge you.
- Remember coping strategies used to survive past challenges. Draw on your strengths again.
Suggestions to Cope with the Holidays
There are several strategies that can help in making it easier to manage the holiday blahs.
- Determine your priorities and establish realistic goals for the holidays.
- Delegate some responsibilities to others.
- Take time for yourself.
- Minimize financial stressors by setting a budget and sticking to it.
- Enjoy free holiday activities.
- Think about giving a free gift from your heart. Your time or your presence.
- Be around supportive people.
- Volunteer and help someone else.
- Create a New Holiday Tradition.
- Find a new place or a new way to celebrate.
When to Be Concerned about the Holiday Blah's
You should be concerned if you or a love one is:
- Constantly sad, anxious, or in an empty mood
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Having insomnia middle-of-the night or early morning waking
- Experiencing a change in appetite either reduced or increased.
- Having a loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
- More irritable or restless
- Experiencing difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- More fatigued or having a loss of energy
- Feeling inappropriate guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Experiencing thoughts of death or suicide
** Anyone with suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideation needs to seek immediate care with their physician, crisis line or the nearest hospital emergency department.**
Cheer Up with a Charlie Brown Tree
Picking Out a Christmas Tree
A Tree Gives Meaning to Christmas
Several years ago I got the Charlie Brown Tree and Blanket for my daughters.
I made sure they'd watched the Charlie Brown Christmas before they opened up the present. Both girls immediately took to the tree, wrapping it up in the Linus Blanket.
The Linus Blanket has gone on to become our main T.V. couch blanket, the one that everyone curls up under. It brings a lot of comfort.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Get your own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
Since it needs a little love, it may help to cheer you up.
It's not a bad little tree, really.
It just needs a little love.
Charlie Brown Tree Needs You
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree on YouTube
Linus's Monologue about What Christmas is all about from chrisfenwick.
More Charlie Brown Trees
Charlie Brown Christmas Figures
Stage your own Charlie Brown Christmas with these figure sets.
Let Charlie Brown Cheer You Up
Charlie Brown Christmas Books on Amazon
The book version of the Holiday Classic available on Amazon.
Charlie Brown Christmas Figures and Friends
Have you ever had a Charlie Brown Christmas?