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Christmas Holiday Hangover: (or: How to learn to love Boxing Day)

Decreasing Post Holiday Stress in a world of people, phones, endless technology, and loneliness

Snowman Glass: with some water in it (photo by tdp)
Snowman Glass: with some water in it (photo by tdp)

So we’ve all had those holidays, right??

Where we just did too much, in not enough time, and we’re exhausted?

I’ll let you in on my favorite part of the holiday season, and I’m fairly social and love a good gathering. In fact, I also love the 60 minutes of caroling that my immediate family still does, because I like to sing.

I also like to hear quality music, which, when your parents are both musicians, happens when you gather several genetically related people in a room who like to sing, insert harmony, and do a good quality song in a Christmas-induced Round.

But back to decreasing that pesky post holiday letdown many of us experience, especially on a day like today.

Holidays are frequently primarily made up of fond memories. Some who are reading this have memories that are not nearly as fond. Some will have memories of being alone on Christmas, or missing a loved one who was at every Christmas until this one.

Also, some children are not treated with kindness, and holidays can be especially hard on the adults who have survived those childhoods.

I recommend that Boxing Day, or the 26th of December, be thought of as a day of recovery.

For some, that recovery looks like work. A lot of people take time off of work at this time of year, and for some, this is their favorite time to work because it is quiet, they can be productive, and they love their jobs.

For others, today is a pajama movie day. They like playing with a new electronic, watching television (non-Christmas if that’s the preference), and eating leftovers.

For me, I get to go to lunch today.

Lunch is one of my most favorite activities. I get to go with my cousin, who might just be more optimistic than me (a difficult feat, for sure), her daughter, who gets to start a doctoral program in Physical Therapy in the fall, my sister, my niece, and my mom.

We’re going to a restaurant I like, which I haven’t been to in a while.

I hope you love your Boxing Day too.

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