Now, the Letdown

It’s that time after the holiday season that I dislike the most. It’s still dark, cold, and snowy. But now, it’s just winter.

Christmas is over, New Year’s is done. The eggnog is gone. It’s time to be done celebrating and move on to the grind of January.

From this:
Pretty lights!


To this:
Only looks pretty until you have to drive in it.


Even the holiday lights don’t look the same. They’re still pretty and help brighten the darkness, but each day, there are fewer and fewer up as people accept that the season is over and take down theirs.

There’s no anticipation brewing.

No excitement as we wrap presents eager to see the joy on the receivers’ face when they get them. No expectation of what’s under the tree for us. Not even the anticipation of a few days off of work.

Just snow. Darkness. Cold. And long hours at the day job.

Sums it up.

 Oh, and taking down the Christmas tree. Because that’s always a fun job I look forward to doing. *end sarcasm*

I wish I could schedule a holiday in late January or early February so we’d have something to look forward to, but it’s really hard for me to get time off before April 15th.

In a few weeks, I won’t notice. I’ll be head down, getting work done as we dig out of the snow and cold to get to work on a daily basis.

Actual winter footage.

It’ll be the grind of obligations and doing what needs to be done.

And, it’ll suck.

The song about how the singer wishes every day would be Christmas would ruin Christmas, but I do wish we could stretch out the holidays a bit. Maybe exchange our New Year for the Chinese New Year so we have something to look forward to after Christmas. The next holiday on the horizon in Easter if you celebrate it, otherwise, we’re looking at Memorial Day. That’s just too long.

How about you? Do you feel post-Christmas blues? If so, how do you deal with them?

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14 thoughts on “Now, the Letdown

  1. Post Christmas/New Year is summer heat for us. And bushfires. And more heat. I’ll swap you some snow for today’s forecast top [41 C]?
    On the question of holidays though…yeah, there’s not much. Annual holidays should be split up into four, one week breaks plus whatever public holidays are scheduled….-sigh-

    1. No!!! Let them be two week breaks!!!
      They can be four, though! No arguments to that! 😁
      And by the way, there is a “cult” here for whom, Christmas are tomorrow. Not a cult, really. They just use Julian Calendar, so tomorrow will be the 25th of December.

      1. lmao – no arguments from me, Yorgos – 2 week breaks it is. LET IT BE SO!
        As for the calendar, isn’t that interesting? I knew about the Chinese New Year not being until February but I didn’t know about the Julian calendar. So much of what we take for granted is really just convention isn’t it?

        1. In a world that science has proved that there is no matter, what can we take for granted?

          I like it when I sound wise! Some time I may even convince everybody I am! 😂

    2. Not sure you’d want to trade. It was -4F/-20C on my drive into work today. Our high temp was 6F/-14C. That’s before the wind chill. So cold, my fingers hurt even in ski gloves walking into the building here at work.

      But then, 105F/40C sounds pretty awful, too!

      Where are the 78F /26C days?!?

      1. No, you’re right. That level of cold is just as bad as extreme heat. Is this cold ‘normal’ for where you are or is this something unusual? Sorry, I just don’t know enough about the US. 🙁

        1. The US is big with a lot of diverse regions. I live in the northern part near the Great Lakes.

          We get a few days of it now and again where it’s this old, but this year has been brutal as we’ve had more than two weeks in a row of it.

          Worst we ever had it was a few years ago when it was getting down to -40F/-40C (strange, at -40, Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same!) a dozen or so times. They actually closed schools because of the cold.

          1. It’s not, but everyone here thinks it’s “hot” when it gets up to 85 *smiles*

            I also lived in New Orleans for 5 years where it regularly hit 100+ with matching humidity.

            You get used to whatever you have. And thank goodness for aid conditioners and furnaces!

          2. Ugh, heat and humidity is a very uncomfortable combination, but you’re right about getting used to whatever is the ‘norm’. I’m sure by the end of summer I won’t be fazed by 35 C at all. For now though…thank goodness for air con! 😀

  2. Actually, the days are so dark here (in the UK) in the first few days of the new year, I always enjoy taking the tree & streamers etc down because the whole house seems so much lighter & brighter afterwards! It’s as if we suddenly advance a couple of weeks nearer to Spring! But granted, that may be different in the US! 🙂

    1. I mostly miss the lights outside of people’s houses. I drive to work int he dark, and drive home in the dark.

      It’s also kind of sad Christmas is over. The goodwill, the cheer, the family and friends, and the anticipation.

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