It’s been the holidays since last week where I work. In some places, It’s been Christmas since August. But, likely wherever you live as soon as December 1st struck it was time to get into holiday mode. This is not a new thing. In fact, it’s a very old thing, but traditions are what society thrives on.
Some of those traditions include things like sweet candies, secret santa exchanges or similar white elephant exchanges, bad/ugly sweater parties (that everyone secretly loves because real talk it’s actually a very warm sweater), Christmas trees, and crappy holiday music. No, some of the music is good sure. It wears you down after the hundredth listen or so. It’s still not your favourite, or so you tell yourself because you know actual good music. Anyway, if you have a pretty good job or a job of any kind then you will experience all or one of these things at this forced happiness event called “the office party.” I’ve never actually been to one, mostly because I’m not big on them. Have I thought about? Yeah, maybe one day when I’m boring I’ll go to my very first holiday office party with mediocre decorations everywhere. Can’t wait!
But, since I will probably be working this holiday (I’m in a non-Christian country) I might have to explain what Christmas even is. Something I don’t know how to do, but my elementary school history of bad Christmas concerts better come in handy in this regard. If not, then YouTube is my only hope. If you’re feeling any despair because you have to do something you are not in the mood for, then:
Five things to do when the holidays get you feeling in a rut:
Stop. Just, stop holiday-ing it up for a day. May need to unplug from social media to do this. No red or green anything. Just, stop. Just be normal for a day.
Don’t buy anything you don’t need. Let’s be real, you’re not buying gifts yet. Those are all for you, the sale was great and you knew you deserved that top and that hand-washing set and that new necklace plus the chic scarf. Go you, but that’s enough for now. Cool? Cool.
Listen to music you like. It seems that everywhere we go, from museums to offices to schools even play nothing but holiday music during this time of year. Take a time out from that, because you are not tied to any contract saying you must listen to only holiday music.
No more sprinkles. Just kidding, always do sprinkles. Just, make sure they’re like sugar-free because like you’re a health nut who cares about that stuff now.
Go to the mall. Watch children with their parents run around. Don’t think too much. Be a child for that moment and realize that hey, no wonder everyone likes this time of year!
Oh and then you wake up. Good morning, sleepyhead!