Ah, the stores are open, the sales are on, life is back to normal!
The brief respite we had on Christmas Day is over. The morning after is filed with sadness. I have been preparing for this holiday season since Halloween. (Which by the way is completely ridiculous!) Now it is over. I dread having to clean up and put all the decorations away.
Is it really fair for us to have to many holidays all shoved togehter in a three month period. No wonder the rate of seasonal depression is so high in January, February, and March. Why can’t we spread things out a bit. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, and Valentine’s Day are great holidays but nothing like the rush you get between Thanksgiving and New Years.
My sister has carefully crafted special door decorations for each month and season from my mother’s door at the nursing home. School children learn very early on the craft schedule has more to do with the calendar than artistic development! We are trained to expect celebration with the passage of time and season.
We are celebratory people!
We like to come together and share time, space and laughter. Social media, electronic communication and the worst of all, texting, has taught us to be aloof. Teenagers actually “date” through text messaging and rarely ever exist together, in the same space. They are really missing out if you ask me!
I think it is time to create some new celebrations. Do you remember when the characters on Seinfeld created “Festivus”! What celebrations can you create in 2012 that will pull your “tribe” together.