Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's OK to have an unhappy holiday

This time of year we are bombarded with messages telling us to have a happy holiday. No matter what occasions you celebrate, the message seems to be the same - Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas. Even if you choose a religion with no holidays (i.e. Jehovah's Witness), you are assaulted with Christmas carols and holiday messages wherever you go.

Some people will have the idyllic holiday pictured in the media - but not as many people as you might think. If we compare our actual experience to the one that is broadcast all over the place, it can be very depressing for a lot of people.

Many people do not have warm, loving families to spend the holidays with. Many do not have the money to be purchasing gifts for their loved ones. Some people associate the holidays with traumatic experiences in the past. Many people will grieve the loss of loved ones during the holidays. Many people experience a lot of stress trying to get everything done to make it so their loved ones have the idyllic holiday experience pictured in the media. I have talked to so many people who know the holidays will not be happy for them.

I hope you will have a happy holidays, but if that is not possible, it's OK. There are many other people out there who feel the same way. My wish for you is that you will have a better New Year.

1 comment:

  1. Nicely said, Linda. To add, possibly the holidays emphasize the need for mental health services - encourage those who are not experiencing a joyous season to seek some help. The 'bombardment' is an indicator that those without happy in their holidays are in the minority. A better New Year indeed. Barbara

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