Yup, for those peeps who celebrate Christmas, it’s time to recycle the gift boxes, wrappings, ribbons, and bows. Don your elastic waist slacks and pretend you didn’t consume as many of those desserts and salty snacks as you did. If you’re returning home later today or early tomorrow, don’t forget to print your online check-in documents. Take back control your TV’s remote, click away from the Hallmark Channel, and return to Netflix, Amazon, and CNN’s harsh realities and ridiculous tweet reports.
The bumpy re-entry into CNN World reminds me that for many people the Christmas season is very uncomfortable. Most of us have experienced at least one or two dreadful holidays, but some folks have endured traumas that linger quietly, semi-dormant for eleven months and then reappear with a vengeance each December, slaying any notion that might resemble the smallest smidgen of holiday joy.
How did you handle the past two or three weeks? Did you feel jolly along with the berry-laden holly, or angry and sad about the twelve days of forced cheerfulness? Was there an isolated moment during which you found solace, smiled inwardly upon recalling a happy memory, finally experienced with crystal clarity your own definition of the holiday season’s meaning?
Please give careful thought to these questions, especially if the days and nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas are your least favorite of the year. Know that there is no law that says you have to remain hostage to the feelings that try their best to smother you with sadness or regrets.
Once again, Christmas has come and gone. In its wake churns the approach of the new year.
Give yourself permission to pour a cup/glass of of your favorite beverage, go into your favorite room, settle into your favorite chair, cuddle with your loved one, your pet, or your reading device/book, and imagine that which will bring you a sense of well-being and personal satisfaction in 2018.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year filled with good health, wise words, and dare I add, a presidential impeachment.
Oh! I almost forgot to say these words: transgender, fetus, science-based, diversity, vulnerable, entitlement, and evidence-based.
May every CDC employee shout and write these words with wild abandon!!
Renée Bess is the author of five novels, and along with Lee Lynch, the co-story collector of a recently published anthology, OUR HAPPY HOURS, LGBT VOICES FROM THE GAY BARS. Her website link is: http://www.reneebess.com. Her books can be purchased here: http://www.bellabooks.com; http://www.amazon.com; and http://www.kobobooks.com.