At this time of year, we feel that everything is speeding up, and commercial establishments are decorated from floor to ceiling with Christmas decorations
People are running from here to there and we think that it is synonymous with joy for everyone. But it's not always like this.
Certain people suffer from Christmas syndrome or Christmas Blues. What does it consist of? In having sad, nostalgic, depressive, or anxious thoughts. It can be generated by the stress caused by the environment itself, the heavy traffic, the thought of buying gifts, and the multiple invitations that represent a busy schedule, more than usual.
When people are very strict in their financial management, Christmas can appear as an excessive spending season that causes you discomfort. Decorating the house in some cases represents reorganizing, removing ornaments from the attic, and finally, altering the usual order of its environment. It is probable that not even these people then think about dressing the tree or placing any decorative element.
Another triggering factor can arise if you consider this time as the end of the year, the closing of cycles and you question yourself if you met your goals and what you planned at the beginning of the year.
When these elements appear, it is likely that you or those around you who notice these symptoms suffer from Christmas Blues and prefer to isolate themselves, decline invitations, or make excuses for not attending social gatherings while Christmas lasts.
The characterization of someone who can suffer from these feelings at Christmas is the Grinch, (synonymous with grouchy) the leprechaun created by Dr. Seuss in 1957, in the book How the Grinch stole Christmas! Whose character feels annoyed with all these manifestations and takes all kinds of actions to avoid them. In 1977 a Halloween special was made with his participation, which earned him an Emmy Award. Marvel, in 1982, launches the short The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, which was co-produced by Dr. Seuus, whose real name is Ted Geisel. On this occasion, this production won two Emmy Awards. Subsequently, films with real actors have been released, such as Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch, whose box office figures were good, but the critics did not wait. In any case, they have delighted adults and children and in a certain way, they have generated sympathy despite their apathy.
In such a way that if you identify yourself or know someone close to you who may suffer from Christmas syndrome or Christmas Blues, do not worry. It is something temporary, which will end at the end of these holidays. We will all return to normal, even those who have spent these days isolated and locked in their thoughts.
Respecting the space they claim and understanding that they can go through this is important so as not to force them to participate and so that it becomes an element of discussion, even as a couple or with friends.
Finally, the stores will lower their decorations, the streets will return to their usual routine and traffic, and we will all start a new year with hope, plans, and goals to achieve.