Seasonal Blues

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Seasonal Blues.

The window display was really quite beautiful. It wasn’t large, just a single display in an insurance office. The bottom was fake snow, on which a family of snowmen stood. There were a couple of ‘cute’ polar bears, a white reindeer and a tree. The tree was really a branch, sprinkled with white, tiny snowflakes hanging off it. White, silver and pale blue.

And you know what, in spite of being really impressed, blue is what it made me feel. I could hardly stop the tears from falling.

What is it about Christmas and depression? It is so hyped up in to being something ‘special’ that when it isn’t, when it can’t be for some reason or other, the feeling of failing is immense. You are forced-fed the images of happy family get-togethers, and even though you know that ads aren’t real, there’s still that ideal dangled in front of you. One that you have absolutely no hope of attaining.

Is it really that surprising that there are more suicides over the Christmas/New Year period? I don’t think so.


Submitted: November 30, 2018

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jmm424

I totally agree with you, Hull. Excellent piece.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 6:52pm

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I've always hated the Christmas period, at least as long as I remember. It's just so built up to be something special and when it's just another day like any other I always feel like it's me that has messed it up. Thanks so much for giving this a read, jmm.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 11:49am

Sue Harris

Those ads drive me crazy, so false and nauseating, and don't get me started on all the hype and commercialism. Not my favourite time of year either.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 7:18pm

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Oh, Sue, sometimes it really does make me feel so bad! Doesn't help that my birthday is over the holiday period either. The worst possible day. Still, there's no getting away from the fact that it looks nice -- the decorations, I mean.
Thanks for giving this a read.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 11:52am

Mike S.

I agree, artificial abounds this time of year, excellent, Hull!

Fri, November 30th, 2018 7:23pm

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There's so much of it, I have trouble in working out what is true and what is just an image to suck us in. Thanks for giving this a read, Mike.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 11:55am

Jeff Bezaire

It's exactly that: Christmas is marketed as a family holiday. In advertisements, you only see the ideal family gathered around the table or the tree, having a great time together. Surprisingly, movies do a better job of showing a realer look at the holiday. Just remember, the family who has a Christmas that looks as perfect as a picture is a family that has more issues than you or me.

Fri, November 30th, 2018 10:05pm

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Thanks, Jeff, and I guess that is one way of looking at it.

Sat, December 1st, 2018 5:07am

ratwood2

You hit the nail directly on the head with this one. Good piece.

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 3:45pm

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Thanks for reading, ratwood2!

Sun, December 2nd, 2018 10:37am

Bert Broomberg

Great observation. I think the Christmas season is overrated too.

Sat, December 8th, 2018 3:40pm

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Impossible to live up to all the hyped up imagery so how can it not be depressing! I thought it was just me. The temptation is to ignore it all together, but there is simply no escape. Thanks for giving this a read, Bert, much appreciated.

Sat, December 8th, 2018 9:21am

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