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An Antidote for My "Holiday" Depression

Updated on April 4, 2015
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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

My antidote

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 “Holidaydepression in December. Below I will share my antidote:

December

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The Magic of Christmas, belongs to the filter you are using to see joy in all

The scriptures do not tell us to celebrate the birth of Christ but to celebrate His death... and not once a year at "Easter" but every Sunday through the Lord's Supper. (Acts 20:7)
The scriptures do not tell us to celebrate the birth of Christ but to celebrate His death... and not once a year at "Easter" but every Sunday through the Lord's Supper. (Acts 20:7) | Source
Jesus was born to give us light, as well as we give light
Jesus was born to give us light, as well as we give light
John 7:42 "Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"
John 7:42 "Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"
Matthew 2: 1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.
Matthew 2: 1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.
Give, no matter the day, because Jesus was born, resurrected and He is coming again
Give, no matter the day, because Jesus was born, resurrected and He is coming again | Source

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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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      My dear Beckie this hub came from yours: https://hubpages.com/literature/Just-Call-Me-The-G...

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I only wish I read this during the holidays. I had to take a break from Hub pages during the holidays. There are those of us who no longer have any of those people around us who used to make up the merriment. I take the time and have great gratitude toward the true meaning - the beautiful birth of the baby Jesus.

      However, many do not stop to realize that for some of us, tragedy has struck down in large volumes. To a family such as mine that used to celebrating everything including Tuesday, it is impossible to do that when they are no longer here.

      I thank you for this important write and took great comfort in this.

      Love and blessings

      Beckie

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      midget38 that is great to recycle things after such short time of use, or giving away is also another way to prevent waste of money. Thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      This is why I recycle my Christmas decorations. There's no need to buy new ones every year since they are seasonal anyway! I don't get depressed, but I do find it a pity that these get thrown away after only a short while. Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy and Rick we are human and things happen to humans, but with hope because there is a true God.

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      phatface 

      5 years ago

      Yes...the commercialism involved in the secular "X-mas" is very depressing. Along with the short days and the cold weather, it is one of the hardest times of the year to keep a smile on my face...but You just helped me do that :)

      Thank You,

      Rick

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      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Good hub honey. I too, find that depression at times, but with Jesus and your beautiful smile, it leaves quickly(the depression).

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