The holiday season for most
people is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations and social
gatherings with family and friends. Most of us, at some time in our lives, have
felt depressed around the holidays. For many people, this is a season filled
with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. This happens when our
grand holiday expectations collides with the reality of squabbling in-laws,
sullen teenagers, disappointing gifts and over-limit credit cards. It also
happens as soon as we hear the sound of relatives resuming their old familiar,
dysfunctional roles in the family.
So, I wanted to share
with you a few ways to overcome holiday depression by adopting a Rosee point of
Let’s say you have kids
who want their Nintendo Wii, but you can’t find one. Toys R Us is out, because
you waited too long. Even if you knew where one was, you’re over the limit
because your shopping for kids while your brother is arguing with the courts
about as to weather or not those kids are really his. You’re also expected to
attend seven parties and two family reunions in the next seven days.
Additionally, your eggnog addiction is making it difficult to sleep because
you’re pretty sure that the person you woke up next to you is someone you
couldn’t have found attractive unless you were dead drunk.
So what’s a woman to do?
Question One: What if you don’t get
along with your family during the holiday season?
Just loosen your
definition of family to include all the people that you can
stand. Let’s say you work at a soup kitchen, and the people you serve ask for
less money than your brother who only shows up when he needs money.
Just assume those homeless people are your brothers for that day and your brother
is the homeless man. When your brother calls: tell him, “Can, I call you back
on the 26th, I’m with family now?”
Question Two: What about over the
limit credit cards?
Assume that credit card
isn’t over the limit, it’s simply approaching it’s own financial puberty and
ready to Discover how to Master it’s own possibilities. When you do that,
you’re looking at life from a Rosee point of view.
Question Three: What if you’re
stressed about waiting in lines while shopping this season?
If you’re not comfortable
with waiting in lines, bring a list to get people to buy Girl Scout cookies
from your daughter. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a daughter. Just having
that list will clear everyone out of the room who doesn’t want to spend $5 for
a $1 box of cookies, especially if you’re in line at the grocery store at the
time. Then you can move to the front of the line, because the line will be
Question Four: What if you think
you’re drinking too much?
Keep in mind, if everyone
who drank too much cut back on the holiday’s there would be a lot work for
actresses who specialize in beer commercials. And, I don’t think you can
justify doing that in the economy we’re experiencing right now.
Question Five: What if you’re
disappointed with a gift?
Even if it’s just a card
that says, “Good for a hug and a kiss;” that gift should be accompanied with a
receipt. This serves two purposes. First, it tells the gift-ee where they can
trade that gift in for a newer model, or simply to trade it in cash. Everyone
likes hugs and kisses; but, in the grand scheme of things, everyone also needs
money to eat.
Question Six: What if you feel like
the world is closing in on you?
Just look on the bright
side. When the world closes in on you there isn’t as far to walk. And, the more
we walk, the more the price of gas will come down. So, if the world is closing
in on you, just remember, you’re saving the economy for everyone who still
needs to drive.
Question Seven: What if you’re
You read about people that
accomplish all their goals in the paper, you don’t really meet them in real
life. Settle down and stop trying to be a feature news story in the evening
press and become a passive reader instead.
Question Eight: What if you’re not
sure if you should visit your parents or your spouses?
Then split the difference
and stay home. Tell the folks that holiday sex is more likely if you know your
parents are sleeping in the next room. If they argue add, “Then, I guess you
don’t want any grandchildren after all.”
Nine: What if you’re feeling
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