Holiday Spirit / Holiday Blues

by cecimadden

Which comes first, the holiday spirit or the holiday blues? Some say it’s the emphasis on wanting that leaves us feeling empty this time of year. They are probably referring to things: Christmas presents for themselves, the ability to buy them for others.  I think that’s probably true for some. Even moreso I think it’s the wanting of and for people: for family to be closer, loved ones to feel less pain, the departed to be with us if only in fading memories. Maybe we feel this longing first, then put ourselves into the Christmas spirit to help us through it.