Surviving the holidays

Ugh. It seems to be that time again. Now that Halloween’s over, all the Christmas decorations are going up. Annoying Christmas carols being blasted in all the stores. Even more annoying office Christmas parties and fakey-cheerful people wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers. Please. Bah humbug.

What happened to Thanksgiving? Does anyone care about it anymore? Oh, that’s right–everyone’s rushing out after eating to be the first in line at the stores for Black Friday deals. 🙄
Anyway, I wrote this last year but I thought it was time to post it again.

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I relate to Charlie Brown. As a kid, “Peanuts” was my favorite comic strip (I owned all the Peanuts books too), and Charlie Brown was a lot like me–fearful of what others thought of him, frequently bullied and taken advantage of, and often pessimistic. But he also had a good heart, and his faithful dog Snoopy brought joy to his life when he was ready to give up. So I have used some photos from the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in my post.

The holidays are a rough time for many people, but they are especially hard on those of us who have been victims of narcissistic abuse and been cut off (or have gone No Contact) with our families. It sure doesn’t help either that I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and become very depressed during the shortest and coldest days of the year.

I have described the…

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3 thoughts on “Surviving the holidays

  1. I relate. Boy, do I. We actually have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It looks just like the one in the cartoon and it plays the theme song from Peanuts.


  2. I know the holidays can be so tough.

    We do celebrate Thanksgiving, but not in the traditional sense. My wife and daughter get some quality time with Nana while my son and I go hunting with my brother-in-law and his son. We are all with family, just not in the traditional sense.

    What I am trying to say is make the holidays into what YOU want them to be, not what is “traditionally” accepted. Perhaps by celebrating it the way that is best for you and your family, you can reduce some of the associated mental health issues.


  3. Said to my husband just last night “You know, seems like Xmas is now a two month long holiday. I wonder if we could stretch any of the others out, too? I think that would be nice.”

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