The Day After
I have this weird problem with living the in the moment. It is such a challenge for me. When big occasions come around, i.e. Christmas, I am so filled with dread for the day after that I can’t enjoy the actual day to the fullest. Ridiculous, right? And the sad thing? I notice that Maya has this problem too. On Thursday she sadly said, “no more Christmas songs in just two days Mama.” I thought I would at least get her to 5 years old before I needed to put her into therapy but apparently I excel at ruining her life!
So the first step was admitting that I have the problem. I did this right around Thanksgiving when I was nervous for it to be Black Friday. Back then I told myself that I wasn’t going to dread December 26th, no matter what. While I cannot say that I was 100% successful, I definitely don’t have that after-Christmas depression today. This might also be because I have steered clear of the shopping malls. Is there anything more depressing than seeing all the beautiful Christmas stuff jumbled together on a clearance table? (Yes Target, I am talking about you).
To make things even easier today I decided to put together a list of things I will not miss about the Christmas season:
1. Insane parking lots – I am looking forward to not playing chicken to find a parking spot at Century City Mall. I am also very pleased that I no longer have to wake up at the crack of dawn so that I can find a parking spot with a green light. I’m sorry Westfield, but were you unaware that a good third of your “”state-of-the-art electronic parking management system” doesn’t work?
2. Christmas songs – while I love Bing Crosby’s White Christmas as much as the next person, I am definitely not going to miss James Taylor. The only thing I find more depressing than a James Taylor song is a James Taylor Christmas song. My brother and I agreed that if we were ever considering throwing ourselves off a cliff, we’d just listen to James Taylor and he’d managed to help us take the leap.
3. Food – being gluten-free is challenging enough but when I have apple pie and biscuits staring me in the face, well its near impossible. Even harder is when I actually make the gluten-filled stuff myself (last night) and can’t eat a single bite of it!
4. Confusing greetings – My husband and I were discussing how it can get touchy when trying to decide what greeting to use with different people…Merry Christmas? Happy Hanukkah? Happy Holidays? The anxiety of offending someone sort of puts a damper on things.
Yes this is a sad little list. Who am I kidding? The truth is that I am sad that Christmas is over. I am sad that there I won’t hear George Michael’s Last Christmas for another year. I am sad that soon everyone will take their decorations down. I am sad that the so-called Christmas spirit will probably dissipate soon. And I am sad that it will soon be New Year’s Eve, the most useless holiday ever.
Back on the positive side, I don’t have to hear James Taylor Christmas songs for another year!
I think today is a good day after all…