Yes, it’s that time of year when Neurotic Man Gets the Willies. I think it’s cool even if it sometimes is forced, that everyone tries to get along. But get any of them alone when they’re doing their Christmas shopping and you’ve got one holy terror. Even if they’re just thinking about all they have to do before Christmas that’s one scary mess.
So I try to stay out of their way. Off their roads, not going into their stores, kind of hiding out till the 26th. Now the 26th has its own disappointment as returns are contemplated, but it is nothing like the 25th.
An article that was in Psychology today from 2010 gave me a clue of some of what people are facing. “For some people, they get depressed at Christmas and even angry because of the excessive commercialization of Christmas, with the focus on gifts and the emphasis on “perfect” social activities. Other get depressed because Christmas appears to be a trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and a “victim” mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more. Still others become anxious at Christmas because of the pressure (both commercial and self-induced) to spend a lot of money on gifts and incur increasing debt. Other people report that they dread Christmas because of the expectations for social gatherings with family, friends and acquaintances that they’d rather not spend time with. And finally, many people feel very lonely at Christmas, because they have suffered the loss of loved ones or their jobs.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201011/why-people-get-depressed-christmas
I read it. I pondered it. I shrugged and continued on. The article didn’t make me any more accepting of the flaws of others though I did take some comfort from how many wack-os there were out there. Still, this Neurotic Man Gets the Willies. But the 26th will be here soon enough,