Off topic: Post-Christmas depression? It is not even the twelfth day of Christmas yet!
Thread poster: Jacek Krankowski (X)

Jacek Krankowski (X)  Identity Verified
English to Polish
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Jan 2, 2003

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

Possibility (...)

--W.H.Auden, For the Time Being


Aurora Humarán (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:31
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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?

icon_smile.gif Au


Jacek Krankowski (X)  Identity Verified
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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.\"


Local time: 14:31
German to English
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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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