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Holiday burn out


The tree is still up, but the lights are turned off. The scant other holiday decorations are not so much jolly as they are sad. An empty childhood Advent Calendar, abandoned and forgotten, stands rolled up in a dusty corner. Stockings were hung and filled, but just as cavalierly removed from the mantle.

Boxes and wrapping paper were either broken down and stored in the garage, or bagged up and wait at the curb for pickup. Gifts are put away, already absorbed into the day-to-day monotony.

Grandparents were called, or they called. Thanks passed around for presents received, clichés uttered over regrets for not making the trek to visit over the holidays… they almost sounded sincere.

Disposable aluminum pans and reusable plastic bins filled with an abundance of holiday food meant to be reheated ad nauseam during the coming week overwhelm premium refrigerator space. Silent thanks given that the menu won’t be repeated for another 12 months.

Except for whole family being together, a feat becoming more and more difficult to achieve, the day felt like little more than a routine weekend day – lazy and uneventful.

It’s not the commercialization of Christmas that’s the problem, it’s the numbness of the season that has taken the joy out of it.

Maybe it’s just the numbness of everything that has taken the joy out of everything. I really need to find my Happy again.

Submitted as part of Shell’s “Pour Your Heart Out” writing prompt at Things I Can’t Say. Please stop by to read the other posts, and give a little comment love.

16 thoughts on “Holiday burn out Leave a comment

  1. It seems like there is so much pressure at the holiday time to spend time with all of your family that it becomes difficult… driving here and there. Spending what little time you can with each person. What we should really do is make time throughout the year to spend time with family and then maybe the holidays wouldn’t be so rushed and we could all enjoy them.
    I hope that you find your happy soon.


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