The Colors of Christmas - Red, Green and Blue

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The Colors of Christmas - Red, Green and Blue


The Colors of Christmas - Red, Green and BlueWhen you think of Christmas, what’s the first color you see in your mind? Red, of course. Santa’s stylish red suit, his red cherry cheeks, those gorgeous red poinsettias. Second is Green: Christmas trees, garland, baskets of greens.


But there’s another color that affects a lot of people at the Holidays--Blue. When I was in my early twenties, newly married, and arrogant about life as we all are in our twenties, my Mother-in-Law would tell me she was “blue” at Christmas. I wasn’t sure what she meant...I thought how can anyone be depressed at Christmas; it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It seems a lot of people are blue at Christmas. Many people are alone, have families living a long way away, or have no family left. Some can be  depressed even in the middle of large gatherings.

The Colors of Christmas - Red, Green and BlueAs my own Mom got into her mid to late sixties, she would cry buckets through every Christmas celebration. I tried to talk to her about it because it was seriously upsetting the kids in the family. I felt helpless and didn't know how to make it "all better" for her.

Depression at the holidays is very prevalent leading me to think that maybe once the kids are all grown up and we don’t have the excitement of making Christmas bright for them, our expectations suffer a downturn.  





If this is a problem for you; here are some ways to cope:

1. Don’t drink; alcohol just exacerbates the feelings of melancholy by depleting the brain of serotonin-the feel good chemical that the brain needs to maintain a normal mood.

2. If you don’t want to be alone, volunteer at your local church or soup kitchen.

3. Decorate for you! Decorate with lots of lights and colorful decorations to brighten you whenever you look around.

4. Visit a nursing home, take cookies, magazines, flowers. Those folks are truly lonely.

5. Take walks in your neighborhood and enjoy (really enjoy) the Christmas lights and decorations. Think about how you might have decorated this house or that house.

6. Start a good book or watch a truly funny movie. Immerse yourself in funny jokes or movies or books; pass up watching "It's a Good Life" on TV-have you ever seen anything that makes you cry more than that?

7. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude. Be thankful for everything you have and have had all your life. Be happy to be alive for another Christmas miracle.

8. If you have an elderly person in your neighborhood, someone who is alone, please take a few minutes to say Hello and maybe drop off some cookies or a small gift. You will feel better if you do something for someone else and so will they.

Relax, breathe deeply, enjoy the days as they pass. Happy Holidays.

 

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Toni,

What a post!  This is so true, the suicide hot lines work overtime during these holidays.  There is so much build up of expected joy, happiness and the perfect family...we were speakers at a conference here on the campus of UCSB many years ago, and the subject was relationships.  (We used to teach courses on relationships in another incarnation)...  There were hundreds of attendees, and the majority was looking for that holiday spirit, and felt they were failures because they were blue.  Thanks for bringing this up.  A

Dec 24, 2011 06:54 AM #1
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Toni,  There are so many wonderful things to be a part of over the holiday season.  Depression hits very hard at this time of year for some folks.  Hopefully they can all find something wonderful to make them smile. 

Merry Christmas to you!!!

Dec 24, 2011 07:05 AM #2
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Alexandra - I think everyone is looking for something in their life--Christmas or anytime. Christmas makes it more intense. I often wonder why my Mom had that and I never have.  I truly believe that involvement in community, with friends and doing something worthwhile helps.

Belinda - I hope so; there are so many things you can do to get you through.

Dec 24, 2011 07:16 AM #3
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Hi Toni, Yes this time of year can be very hard on people since so many memories are stirred up with the music, the food, family traditions....  You give great advise. 

Well have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Gloria

Dec 24, 2011 08:23 AM #4
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You too! It was great to chat with you today!

Dec 24, 2011 08:58 AM #5
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Hi Toni,  Very good post, I know Christmas is what each and everyone one of it.  Here that more people take the  blue out of Christmas.

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Toni

Great post and advice, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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Hi Toni - What a wonderful post!  It is hard to believe that people who are surrounded by loved ones could be blue, but I have seen it happen.  Hopefully your post will help take the blue out of Christmas for some folks.  May this be a very MERRY Christmas for you!

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry & Blessed Christmas

John & Debbie McCormack

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Merry Christmas Toni, Sending warm wishes to you and yours from our Long Island home to yours in Florida this holiday season!

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Toni, I hope you are having a perfect day and I am sure you will have a prosperous 2012!!!

Dec 25, 2011 01:35 AM #12
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Thank you all. I know you are all enjoying a very good day. Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2011 02:27 AM #13
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This is a great post, Toni. Many suffer with depression during the holidays.  All of us need to be alert and reach out to help friends and family members that may be too blue.

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Thanks, Roy. I think it is more widespread than we want to admit. Reaching out to someone is important.

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Toni, these colors together or separate can be so vibrant and send such positive messages!   Beautiful!

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Thanks Joan.

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