Sometimes it seems like I am the only person who truly dislikes “the holidays”. I am so miserable during the months of November and December, that I have to take medications during those two months.
While everyone else I know is happy about getting together with family and friends, I retreat into myself. When people are excited about shopping for gifts for others, I avoid malls and large box stores from Halloween through New Years Day. As others are planning grand meals and get togethers, I make a point of doing my “spring cleaning” and catching up on my reading. And don’t get me started on Christmas trees and other decorations!
Although everyone else seems to love the various Christmas Masses, I prefer to sit in the chapel (alone) during Advent and Christmas so I can focus myself on what the season is really all about. It feels as if a great weight lifts off of my shoulders the first week of January (after most of the hoopla of the various parades and college football games is over) and life gets “back to normal”.
Am I the only one???