This blog by Cher’ley Grogg
In each card, he wrote, “Buy your own present!” and mailed them early.
He enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities, and it was only after the holiday that he noticed that he had received very few cards in return. Puzzled over this, he went into his study, intending to write a couple of his relatives and ask what had happened. It was then, as he cleared off his cluttered desk that he got his answer. Under a stack of papers, he was horrified to find the gift checks which he had forgotten to enclose with the cards.
Guests have gone; gifts have found a home, and if you are lucky you have the decorations down for another year or perhaps you enjoy keeping them up until after the New Year. Whichever, there are no right or wrong ways to spend the holidays, and there are no right or wrong ways to spend the time between the Holidays, but try to:
The gifts you have so carefully chosen have been tossed aside, for the boxes or just one game.
A Sad/Happy Feeling takes over your body. You have just come down from an Ultimate High.
Take baby-steps towards the things that you used to like doing but have since forgotten about. You can make a start by choosing one or two of the following things to do (or perhaps come up with your own ideas):
- Be kind to your body. Have a nice hot bath; have a nap for thirty minutes (or perhaps a little less). Treat yourself to your favorite food without feeling guilty– sit and enjoy a nice candy bar-all by yourself-you and your candy-have your favorite hot drink.
- Do something you enjoy. Visit or phone a friend (particularly if you’ve been out of contact for a while). Get together what you need so you can do your favorite hobby. Do some exercise; bake a cake; read something that gives you pleasure (not ‘serious’ reading) a forgotten magazine-Teen or Hot Rod. Listen to some music that you have not listened to in a long while.
The first song that came to my mind was The Little Ole Lady from Pasadena.
Now to come down and relax: Follow the Bouncing Ball and Sing Along with O Little Town of Bethlehem. It’s a great song for any time of the year.
**What do you do to distress? Remember my guilty pleasure?**
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