Holiday to Holiday between Christmas and New Year De-Stress by Cher’ley


This blog by Cher’ley Grogg


Last Christmas, grandpa was feeling his age and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So he decided to send checks to everyone instead.

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 aftermath of the annual gift-unwrapping fr...




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.


Christmas Stress Relief: A Mindful Guide


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.



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15 thoughts on “Holiday to Holiday between Christmas and New Year De-Stress by Cher’ley

  1. I’m the first comment, and Christmas day is virtually over… it is over on the East Coast and here in Vegas just over an hour remains. My stomach is bloated after eating out at a casino buffet. It was a long wait… about 2 hours, but people in line were in a festive mood and I heard no anger. So it must have been Christmas. Yea, it was Christmas Day. For Sharon, her father and me, the celebration continues Dec. 26, when we actually do get down to the Strip and see all the decorations. I am looking forward to it… should be like seeing a giant glorious storefront full of animated snowmen, Santas, reindeer, Snoopies, elves and a grown-up boy’s favorite gizmo — trains.


  2. Mike sounds like fun. I want to go see the local Christmas lights in Parkersburg and Belpre. Merry Day after Christmas. I am hoping to make it to Vegas this year to see you. That would be so much fun. You will be a local-yocal by then and you’ll know all the best sights to go see. I am also going to read all your Christmas Stories between now and the end of January, hopefully. Thanks for all your support of our group and all your valuable input and excitement. Cher’ley


  3. Cherley, you have taken a subject that I think few people think about. They get caught up in the fun of Christmas and never wind down until New Year’s. Your post was full of good tips to take care of yourself and destress. I love the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and “Oh Little Star of Bethlehem”. Since hubby and I are still pretty sick I don’t think we need to destress much. I’ve been in bed for three days or so and looks like another one today. Still, we enjoyed a quiet Christmas together and it was awesome!


    1. Linda, I was hoping you were folks were feeling better. My leg us still really bruised and hurts if I move too much. My respirtory infection seems better, still have a cough and sniffles. I got a massage table and hot tub for Christmas. I am destressing. LoL. I pray for you to be better soon. Cher’ley.


  4. I usually work between the Christmas and New Years, but because there are fewer people around, it is actually quite relaxing. Still I do love some of your ideas.

    May you also have a de-stressed time. Smiles. Doris


  5. Great suggestions, and great to have permission to destress! That can cause guilt for some of us! I read a book today and went to see the movie “Annie” and worked on not feeling guilty for not finishing my Christmas cards! May everyone remember the joy and feel the peace of another Christmas celebrated!


  6. As Linda noted, we don’t often hear about the lows after the Christmas highs. Insightful topic. Good ideas for de-stressing. I hope you continue to feel better and to de-stress yourself.


    1. Thanks Stephanie, I’m my biggest enemy when it comes to stress or healing. I always try to do too many things in too short of a time frame, and never give myself enough healing time. The highs and lows cause a melancholy feeling. Cher’ley


    1. Gayle, I wish I could nap. I think I would function so much better. I’m always more productive upon the first few hours of being awake. Glad you are de-stressing, you certainly need it with your schedule. Cher’ley


  7. This has been our strangest Christmas ever. A death in the family, news I’m going to have to have surgery on my leg and both of us sick. Did celebrate with the family on Christmas Eve (we was supposed to host but begged off given how lousy I felt), hubby helped serve free meals to the needy and a very quiet Christmas dinner, just the two of us. We don’t have any high to come down from. 😦

    Good suggestions for getting things back on an even keel.
    Merry Christmas.


  8. Kate, I understand the stress you are going through. We’re still trying to recoup a bit from the loss of our son-in-law last year in February. First Christmas without him. A few of my friends have lost family members over this Holiday season. Heart-breaking. I was too sick Christmas Eve to do anything, but we went out to our youngest grandson’s Christmas Day and 25 family and friends had Christmas Day together. It was fun. Cher’ley


  9. Such good advice, Cher’ley. I did most of my food preparations on Christmas Eve to avoid that possible STRESS that you mentioned above. We had some extended in-laws stop by for Brunch when some of ‘under the tree presents’ were opened. On the point of leaving, those guests were met at the door by my new ones for more present opening and early dinner. Had I not been organised with the food, I would have been very stressed but it was the opposite- a very casual day with fabulous company. The food was great too because Daughter 2 did the soup. D 1 did the salmon/fish course. I did the mains and D 1 did trifle cake. Easy peasy! I’m learning to do more delegation. 🙂 Baths and other personal de-stressing hasn’t happened yet – but I don’t expect that till after our Scottish New Year Celebrations.


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