Do you feel depressed during the holiday season?

Do you feel depressed during the holiday season?
We all see the holiday season as a time for joy and festivities. It’s a time to gather all of your friends, neighbors, and family members under one roof and share the blessings of good company, good food, and good wishes. However, for some people, the holiday season isn’t exactly a time of peace and joy.

Particularly among the millennial generation (which I’m a part of myself) Christmas and the holiday season in general has come to be recognized as somewhat of a depressing time. As we become more stressed and overworked, many of us lack the opportunities to see our families for the holidays. We lack the opportunities to develop meaningful relationships, both platonic and romantic ones, and this can end with us being alone during a time when the rest of the world is happily celebrating together. We watch shows and films of happy families gathering for holiday festivities, while in reality we find ourselves sitting alone at our computers, typing away in hopes of getting that last project done before Christmas.

I have more than a handful of friends who admitted me to me they actually feel awful around the holidays, simply because they don’t really have anyone to share them with. Other times, people who do have family and friends end up arguing because they’ve made the “perfect plans” for the holidays, and somewhere along the line things went astray. I think we've all had at least one Christmas ruined by something going tragically wrong.

How about you? Do you anticipate the holiday season with festive glee and joy, or dread and melancholy? Or perhaps you don't feel about the holidays one way or the other? I'm interested in seeing your opinions!

Comments

luv2xacosta
That's why I see to it that I have to go home to my hometown during holiday season. I make it to myself I can spend time with my family during that time because I know how lonely it is when you don't have some one to spend with.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-10-2018
ivandelrey
The only thing I care about the holiday season is the sale but this year we're heading back hometown to spend it with my relatives, I haven't been there for years and I know that they will just ask me stupid questions so I don't feel excited. I don't think I get depressed during the holidays, I think I just don't care about it.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-10-2018
ajahcuizon
Here in our country, we have this tradition wherein we will all gather around the table and have feast together. It is very unusual to celebrate Christmas sad and alone. I experienced this once, I got depressed in the tine of holidays. We got into a big family crisis and we have to be separated from our parents. That's the first ever Christmas that we spent far from our parents and we really had a hard time because we miss them. Good thing that we are now altogether again and we are looking ahead of our incoming family christmas party.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-10-2018
theresajane
I guess that's the tradition of most families around the world. It's just sad to see some people who doesn't have joy in their face during Christmas because they're not with their families.
Posted by theresajane on 12-11-2018
mcnasci24
The combination of factors linked to nature and typical of the holiday season triggers this mood in several people.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-18-2018
pencilneckgeek
I have experienced this a few years ago, I was working for a company that had me go to work on a night shift on Christmas and New Year's eve and since I was new I had no choice but to trudge along or have my job be in danger. All of us there hid our sadness but we all knew each of us would rather have spent the holidays with our loved ones. That was the first time I spent the holidays away from my family and hopefully the last. Now, I anticipate the holidays with joy specially because of new (nephews) additions to our family.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-10-2018
Barida
It may be a difficult time for some people while to some, it is one of the best moments that they always wish to experience. I don't feel depressed for any reason during the time of Christmas as that is the time that I get to meet a whole lot of friends and family members.
Posted by Barida on 12-10-2018
mcnasci24
The Christmas period of family reunions and friends can be another factor that causes this suffering, given that there are those who do not have families with whom to spend the holidays. Others remember deceased loved ones.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-18-2018
YoloBoy
Nope I do not. I actually feel happy and joyful because of the people I get to spend it with. I can relate to those who are just single, by themselves or just being able to spend the holidays all to themselves.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-10-2018
jpk0007
Well, actually I see the festival season as an opportunity to meet all my friends and family and have a great time. Festivals are the time when there is an air of happiness and joy around you. However, I do realize that for people who live alone or can't meet there friends and relatives during the festive season it can be little depressing to see others happy around them. But its always better to mix up with the community and enjoy the occasion even if you are living alone.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-10-2018
kaushikangara
Not at all. I spend time with my family, hang out with friends, go to the movies and involve myself in a lot of fun activities. I am infact waiting for the holiday season to start so that I can go meet my family and have fun. These times rarely come in your lifetime and you have to make the most of it.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-10-2018
amelia88
Usually I feel uplifted during the holidays. Especially now that I have children, I really see the joy of Christmas through their eyes and that's such a heartwarming and special experience. I know the holidays can be hard for some people if they don't have family nearby or have lost family throughout the year, so my thoughts are with anyone in that situation.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-10-2018
antonToledo
Do I feel depressed during the holiday season? My answer is actually yes. I had a lot of struggles in the past year and those struggles usually happen during December so I developed a little bit of hate in the month of December. One of those tragic events is, December 26 is my mother's death anniversary.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-11-2018
mcnasci24
I am sorry to hear that. Try to analyze your thoughts and modify them for more realistic ones if it really is necessary. Not everyone has to be happy at Christmas, and it is not true that problems are solved in the festivities. However, the truth is that despite problems, you can be with other loved ones, friends, or even have a great time by yourself.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-18-2018
theresajane
It's just very sad to know that there are some who become depressed during this special season. I am just very glad that I have my family and I am contented with what we have during Christmas.
Posted by theresajane on 12-11-2018
Vinsanity
Personally I feel a bit depressed whenever my mom and I celebrate Christmas. We have no one to share the spirit of Christmas for I only have my mom to celebrate it with. I always dreamt of a Christmas with a complete family with gifts under a Christmas tree but unfortunately, aside of a broken family we pretty jave enought money and food for the Christmas season. Christmas season is for the kids I think. When I was a child, I always get excited before Christmas even when September starts, I always do Christmas countdown. Unlike now, I seem to be not that excited whenever Christmas day comes. I don't know, I always think of it as an ordinary day as I grew up.
Posted by Vinsanity on 12-11-2018
MittensFX
No,because I am always spending the holiday season with family and friends.Friends always cheer me up and make me have a great time while family makes me feel happy to know there is someone ho cares about me and makes me have a nice time.
Posted by MittensFX on 12-11-2018
jessie271
I’m happy during holidays because it’s a time for me to spend with my family. It’s also a time for me to relax and enjoy. I pamper myself during holidays to treat myself after working so hard. Personally, I love Christmas holidays because I get to spend time with my relatives and we get to have some family reunion.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-11-2018
nekonieden
Yes. Because some of the parents prefer to work on holidays than spend time for family even on holidays so young ones leads them to sadness and depression. Kids wants also to spend time with their family as toys are not only way to make them happy. It is how family spend time together especially holidays.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-11-2018
Corzhens
When I was younger, the jubilation during the holiday season was very strong because of the parties and gatherings not to mention the gifts that I receive. But after Christmas day I would always feel a bit depressed that he holiday season had ended. The feeling was like losing someone. Fortunately we have a big event every New Year so that is a good consolation for me. In my adult years I don’t feel depressed anymore. Maybe I got used to the feeling of the Christmas season to end.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-12-2018
davedaot
Nope, as a matter of fact I love Holidays. I spend a lot of time with my family, go out and eat outside with my family or just stay at our home watching movies and/or singing in the karaoke, Holidays keeps the work-life balance and for me it's essential to a healthy life.
Posted by davedaot on 12-13-2018
luv2xacosta
I'm excited to go home and spend Christmas with my family. It's an opportunity to be together and enjoy food prepared on the table.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-14-2018
knnon
Depression is the least of my worries during the holidays. I'm happy and relieved that even though things were rough it's already Christmas and the New Year is just around the corner and I survived another year! Even if there are things that creeps up and threatens my happiness I push it aside. It isn't the time to be sad or depressed, it's a time to celebrate.
Posted by knnon on 12-14-2018
mcnasci24
Christmas is a time of celebration, of meetings with loved ones, it is a time to give and receive, and to feel happy. It seems that Christmas is a time of happiness, where we feel happy and enjoy the festivities. However, some people feel sad during the supposed happiest time of the year. I have never felt depression during Christmas time, but I do have friends that get homesick, which in turn causes depression in them.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-18-2018