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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holiday hangovers

I couldn't think of a better word to describe the feeling I get after the holidays - particularly Christmas - are over. I guess it's sort of a coming down off a high. After so many years of feeling like this, this year I started to think about it before it kicked in full swing so I could determine if I can keep that high going until this time next year.

It (the feeling) usually starts shortly after the first of the year (can you believe it's about to be 2008!!) and it's kind of like a disappointed feeling. I used to think it was because I wanted to get more gifts, have more fun or sleep more; now I realize it means getting back to the routine of things and not spending as much time with my children. (Probably the same feeling I get on Sunday nights!)

During Christmas, playing with new toys can be fun for children and adults. There's stuff to put together and investigate. If you have older kids then their Christmas presents are even more interesting... like iPods, laptops, dance pads, etc.

And there's the sweet traditions - rediscovering all the ornaments, making holiday cookies (the teenager made wheat sugar cookies with the younger kids this year), shopping for just the right gift for a loved one and vegging out on the couch at the end of the day, eating popcorn, watching holiday specials and listening to the children play with their noisy toys. :-)

Now that I figured out that it's the feeling and joy of the holiday that I miss, I can focus on the feeling and find that joy in my everyday life. Yippee for me. LOL
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