The Christmas Hangover

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Celebrations, Family, Holidays
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Remember how when you were little and how awesome the week after Christmas was because you had a ridiculous amount of new toys to play with? Then remember how once you got into high school and college—you still had cool, new stuff to play with and then on top of it you didn’t have to go to school? Then do you remember the time when you grew up and unless you took vacation you had to go back to work for 3ish days between Christmas and New Year’s and it was pretty much pointless?

We’re all experiencing what I’m calling a Christmas hangover. For weeks we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off—buying Christmas presents, baking Christmas cookies, decorating Christmas trees, and driving to Christmases. And now? Well, now it’s over and everything seems just a little big gloomier.

We had some great times with our families, we got some amazing gifts, our stomachs hurt from either laughing or eating too much—we’re not sure which—and now it’s done for another 363 days. We drank in all this Christmas spirit, day after day after day—and now as a result we’re hungover. We may not have the headache, or feel like we want to vomit—but there is a sense of not wanting to do anything but lay on the couch. And the VERY last thing we want to do is go to work for what’s bound to be three VERY pointless days. I would suspect that productivity across the board is at its lowest around this time of the year.

So what do you do? With a regular hangover you sleep and drink lots of water and maybe curse yourself for drinking so much to begin with—what do you do with a Christmas hangover?

For starters, get Christmas things put away as soon as possible. Decorations can be left up through New Years, but then they have to come down—and get your presents out of the middle of the living room. If you had a bad night with tequila—you don’t leave it sitting on your coffee table. If you’re hungover on Christmas, don’t leave things sitting out that remind you of it.

Secondly, I know that after Christmas there are some crazy deals and this week is a prime week to use gift cards. Don’t do it. Going shopping right after Christmas is just prolonging the inevitable. It’s like thinking that continuing to drink and staying up later is going to make it so that you’re not as hungover. And you and I both know that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Lastly, remember that some things are meant to be drank only for special occasions—like champagne, or ridiculously expensive liquor—just like Christmas. We drink Christmas in for a month, and then it’s over—but we know that in a year’s time we’ll get to drink it in all over again.

Okay. Plain and simple—if you’re like me, it sucks on some levels for Christmas to be over. Even in spite of having to go three different places on Christmas Day—I wouldn’t have minded that day lasting forever. Obviously I know that can’t happen, and I know that next year we’ll get to do it all over again. Which is good. Because with the Christmas hangover I have right now—I may need all 363 days to get ready for next year.

  1. wmarsau says:

    I still have one Christmas left so I will keep drinking the Kool Aid for another week.

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