Does this happen to anyone else? Do you get the after-holiday-blues?
This is the time of year when the blues usually set in for me. Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is over, and New Years is over. Our family Second Christmas, when my entire family gets together to celebrate Christmas, is usually held at or around the Epiphany. And that's what truly marks the end of the holiday season for me. Now that's over, too.
I love the holiday season SO MUCH. It just holds so many good memories for me. Aside from the pumpkin pie and twinkly lights and colorful packages under the tree, it's a time for family, and being grateful for them, and everything I have. It's a time for baking, and decorating, and planning that only comes once a year.
And when it's all over, I get sad.
This is usually when I start to wish for snow. I need something to look forward to, something to hold on to. But that usually ends up being a disappointment. Central North Carolina is not especially known for its snowy winters. But I'm trying to change that by PRAYING REALLY HARD. :)
The thing is, seasons are supposed to be...seasonal. The holiday season wouldn't be so special and memorable if it happened all year long. So while I'm sad to see it go, I know that another one is just around the corner. (Somehow the older I get, the faster time flies!) And I'm looking forward to the end of September -- when the Halloween decorations start to appear in the stores. Then I'll know that Thanksgiving and Christmas aren't too far behind. And the cycle will begin again.