Off topic: Post-Christmas depression? It is not even the twelfth day of Christmas yet!
Thread poster: Jacek Krankowski
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes-
Some have got broken - and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week -
Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot,
Stayed up so late, attempted - quite unsuccessfully -
To love all of our relatives, and in general
Grossly overestimated our powers. Once again
As in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed
To do more than entertain it as an agreeable
--W.H.Auden, For the Time Being
| Enriching combinations.... || Jan 2, 2003 |
On 2003-01-02 15:28, jacek wrote:
...attempted - quite unsuccessfully -
To love all of our relatives...
Nice poetry and hard reality together.
Auden and Jacek, who else?
| Post-Christmas depression || Jan 6, 2003 |
\"...the post-Christmas depression, which is defined as the reaction to the
end of the holidays, but which is, in reality, a reaction to the fact that
the holidays weren\'t so special when they were here. Christmas magic needs
our help to happen,
but most don\'t realize it. Christmas is a season of truth, and if your life
doesn\'t stand up well in the harsh light of truth, you are going to get
depressed. People spend the month of December huffing and puffing about
cutting down their Christmas card list because it\'s getting just ridiculous,
buying impersonal gifts by rote to give to people for whom they feel
obligation rather than affection, and becoming outraged by Uncle Harry
taking his teeth out at the dinner table and proclaiming that Hitler had
some good ideas, even though Uncle Harry has done the same thing for the
past twenty-five years. Then after it\'s over, they wonder why Rudolf has
left nothing behind but a bit of reindeer poop in the rain gutters.
Commercials reinforce this depression. For a solid month, they drum into our
heads that Christmas means a gorgeous home decorated with two thousand
dollars worth of lights, loaded with pleasant, happy relatives gathered
around a fireplace or seven-foot high Christmas tree, and dinner tables that
look like a Norman Rockwell painting. After that unreality, they get down to
brass tacks in January - use our product, and use it now, because you are
too fat, too smoky, your career is going nowhere, and you don\'t know what
you are doing, so call our psychic hotline.\"
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| Non-depression after Christmas - a New Year thought || Jan 8, 2003 |
Surprisingly (and fortunately) I don\'t seem to suffer from this kind of deadly depression.
My Xmas card list is virtually non-existent (phoning friends and relatives is much more personal), I don\'t give a damn about stupid commercials on TV, we only have a tree because my wife likes one (if I were still living alone I wouldn\'t dream of having one in the place), I only buy a few presents and those that I do buy are firmly with the recipient in mind, my immediate relatives are dead so I don\'t have have to get bored hanging around at their place for days (I only have to endure my in-laws for a few hours on Christmas Day and then we clear off again), and all in all Christmas for me is just a welcome opportunity to get out of the office for a couple of weeks, after which I\'m not exactly sad about getting back to productive work again.
Just a thought for the New Year ...
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