I was surfing the wordpress tags and I came across a post in the “life” tag. It was all about how this person didn’t understand ads about being depressed during the holidays. “It’s the most joyous time of the year!” she said.* “Maybe the problem is YOU,” she said. “Maybe you’re stressing too much, maybe you should buy one less present,” she said. “Go listen to Frosty the Snowman, it’ll cheer you right up!” she said. “I don’t understand how ANYONE could be depressed during the holidays,” she said.
I’m sitting here, trying to see her point of view, and I can’t. Because it’s not about stress, or present buying, or card mailing, at least not for me, and not for most people who get “the holiday blues.” It’s about what you envision the season should be about, and that vision not coming close to reality. It’s about nostalgia, and loneliness, and that feeling that you absolutely must be happy because it’s the holidays, and the fact that you’re not makes you even more sad.
And I thought to myself, what is this chick, like 12?
I looked at her “About” section. She’s 14.
So, yeah honey, give me a call in 20 years and let me know if you still don’t understand “the holiday blues.”
(*All quotes from her above are paraphrased.)