Battling Depression · Christmas 2017 · Uncategorized

Where Are You Christmas?

Hello everyone! 🙂

I’m sorry if it seems like I’ve skipped town this week–after writing a post every single day from December 1st till Christmas for Blogmas, I decided it’d be best to give my writing mind a wee break for a few days. Not that I didn’t love Blogmas! This was my first time being a part of this beautiful blogging community during the holiday season and I can’t tell you how encouraging it’s been ❤︎

But still, breaks are nice–as I’m sure we can all agree after the hustle and bustle of Christmas get-togethers!

And after all the hustling and bustling, it can truly be a physical and emotional shock when Christmas is over. The post-Christmas season can almost completely undo all that joy and magic Christmas created. It’s one of the most depressed seasons of the year.

So I wanted to share something my pessimistic, Scrooge-y father said when I was regaling him with my sadness about Christmas being over:

“Christmas every day Jordan.”

Simple, but it flipped my perspective on its head. We all associate values of generosity, selflessness, and enduring optimism with Christmas–and, for some reason, December 26th is a signal that it’s all over. I even do it, act like things are going “back to normal” after Christmas.

Why can’t normal be generosity, selflessness, and optimism?

“Christmas every day.”

Generosity every day. Kindness every day. Positivity every day.

I was so stunned by this revelation–and then by the level of my reaction. Is it so hard to imagine, so foreign a concept? And yet, it is. I no longer expect kindness from strangers I meet at stores, in restaurants.

Maybe… if I held people to the standards I do during Christmas,  perhaps… they would carry those standards after Christmas. If I keep holding doors, offering smiles, and giving love–with no demand for its return–, maybe others will catch on and pass it on to the next person.

Maybe you can pass it on too ❤︎

Call it the Christmas Spirit Movement if you will, but how are you trying to keep the joy of Christmas alive now that Christmas is over?

Thank you for reading my wonderful readers! You are beautiful and you are loved ❤︎

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