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The After Christmas Blues


Tuesday, December 27, 2011



I always get a case of the blues after Christmas ...all the anticipation & preparation ...over too soon. Here are a few Tips to get us through the days after santa has gone back to the North Pole.



1. Compile memories
With all of the pictures you have collected just hanging out on your camera, don't wait to get them on your computer or into a scrapbook. Looking at the 'memories' of the fun you had over the holidays will give you a spark of cheer into January. Purchase some scrapbooks from the after holiday sales and set to work. Date and caption the pictures, add little holiday foam shapes, and cut out crazy borders. You will be amazed at your sense of accomplishment, and your family will enjoy looking at it when it is all done. Who can be depressed with a project this fun?






2. Leave something up
It's not a sin to leave some decorations up after Christmas (although, if it starts to approach June, you should probably reconsider). But leaving up a wreath on your door, the garland on your banister, or some lights will give you a warmth inside even post-holidays. Take your decorations down slowly instead of all at once. This will make the task easier, and make you less prone to depression. Stripping your house on New Year's is the worst mistake you can make when trying to beat post-holiday depression; it makes you very aware of the 'end' and tires you out before the day is through. So don't worry about taking it all down just yet. Take your time, and leave some key decorations up for a little while





3. Keep busy
The best thing you can do for yourself is to do something for others. Don't dwell on disappointments that may have occurred. Just start anew. Look around yourself and see what condition those around you are in. If you see that your neighbor is having trouble removing snow, go out and help. Invite your friends over for hot chocolate and conversation. Don't keep to yourself or you'll find the dark shadows of depression creeping up on you.





4. Exercise
If you've gained weight over the holidays, than there is no time like the present to get it off. It's easy to get depressed thinking about how much food you stuffed yourself with, but don't let it get to you. Start an exercise routine and follow through. Even if you haven't gained weight, you will feel energized and better able to face new challenges. Exercise lightens the load in more ways than one. So don't excuse yourself, just get exercising.








5. Time out
The holidays take up so much time, that you've probably neglected yourself. Beat the post-holiday depression by taking the time to do something for yourself. Go shopping for a few new items of clothing with your holiday gift money, or use those holiday gift cards that you've stacked up. But if you don't want to face the malls anymore, than just draw a hot bath, and relax with a good book. If you are feeling burnt, than don't just keep going. Take some time out and kiss those post-holiday blues goodbye!





Remember what Santa taught us...





1.Encourage people to believe in you.

2. Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.

3. Don't pout.

4. It's as much fun to give as it is to receive.

5. Some days it's ok to feel a little chubby.

6. Make your presents known.

7. Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.

8. Bright red can make anyone look good.

9. Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many pounds you've gained.

10. If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you're very important.

11. Whenever you're at a loss for words, say "HO, HO,!"






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YELLOW_MUM 12/29/2011 10:02AM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KATIEEMMA5 12/29/2011 8:03AM

    thankyou wonderful blog! emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 12/29/2011 2:55AM

    SO true! I always have a bit of Christmas as we leave our snowglobes and snowmen out all year~

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/29/2011 12:40AM

    emoticon We always keep ours up until after January 7th as that is my older daughter's birthday!!!

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PHEBESS 12/28/2011 12:07PM

    I'm doing my post-holiday baking!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/27/2011 10:08PM

    I'm excited that the new year is arriving soon. I look forward to it and the return of spring.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/27/2011 6:44PM

    RE: # 2 - I have a mini nativity and a christmas angel nightlight up all year round - they remind me daily of my mother.

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SPARKLISE 12/27/2011 5:28PM

    Cute! Santa is one smart cookie isn't he?
Holiday blues are a bummer but you have a great approach to it!
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MADKAPKID 12/27/2011 5:06PM

    We don't take the decorations down til after New Years.... I keep the music playing and just let the good feelings continue. Have a joy filled day.....hope you beat those pesky blues. Karen emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 12/27/2011 3:29PM

    I have the perfect way to beat the blues.....eat left-overs. Oops!

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SAMI199 12/27/2011 2:05PM

    Blue42Down has the best idea of all-The need is there everyday of the year! Thanks.

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BARBARAROSE54 12/27/2011 1:35PM

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BLUE42DOWN 12/27/2011 1:32PM

    Another little thing I like is to remember that charity and goodwill doesn't end at midnight Christmas Day. People out there are still hungry, still without basic necessities. Soup kitchens and other volunteer services are often delighted to receive food and help after Christmas.

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VERONICAVW_140 12/27/2011 1:09PM

    haha. Thank you for the tips. I LOVE Christmas and I get the After Christmas Blues as well. I will keep your info in mind. ;)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/27/2011 12:34PM

    I'm there with you. I don't take anything down until the 2nd week of the year. I'm trying to enjoy it as long as I can.

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AMYBELLES 12/27/2011 11:48AM

    This was a great article, Sami. I also get the Christmas blues when the holidays are over. I definitely don't take the decorations down until mid-January, and even then I leave up everything that looks like winter (my Dickens houses and all the snowmen.) I love the Santa reminders - funny! I will make sure I wear red and a wide belt today! I hope that you do something fun for yourself today and have a positive day full of smiles!

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