Those Pesky Christmas Days

How to survive the December blues and thrive this Christmas

Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
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7 min readDec 20, 2023

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Photo by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash

While we love Christmas, there’s no doubt that it brings with it memories. Happy ones, sentimental ones, but also sad ones. Ones we’d rather not relive.

As we discussed in one of our previous articles (Do Images of the Past Influence Our Perception of the Present), emotions tend to overflow us when remembering special occasions or days that were supposed to be happy, and enjoyable.

Christmas is one of those holidays where harsh reality can conflict with its ‘goal’, peace for all, rejoicing in being together as families. As you notice, we’re not talking about religion here, but about the feeling Christmas evokes in all of us.

As with moments captured in photos, the holiday season is one where you are supposed to be happy, content with your life, surrounded by a loving family, and celebrating. We all know how wrong that can go…
I remember my late mother getting so emotional on Christmas Eve that the tension was palpable, often exploding in arguments.

The next day, we would come back, dressed up to the nines, to celebrate Christmas and pretend everything was fine.
I don’t know about you, but switching emotions on and off is a trick I have yet to master (now there’s a topic…

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Jon & Caroline Cole | Ink-Stained Hearts
ILLUMINATION

Writers | Vloggers Passionate about words, music, sports, and discovering places. Lovers of books, vinyl, and geeky stuff. Curious about life.