Cindy and I were still in bed, trying to become fully awake, when the talk turned to the stresses of the holidays.
We both agreed that the stress begins about two weeks before Thanksgiving and builds steadily until Christmas night, when it then begins to ebb, finally disappearing the first week of the new year.
We also agree that this holiday stress produces feelings of guilt, anger, withdrawal---and in the extreme---suicide.
All of this comes, as the song says, at "the most wonderful time of the year".
While I love the idea of Christmas and Thanksgiving and New Year's celebrations, the reality is often tempered by tension and stress.
Often, stress is produced by expectations of others in our circle of family and friends. Sometimes it comes in the form of feeling pressure to do something/go somewhere we don't want to do. Many times, we agonize over what gift to give aunt Mossie or uncle Jack or brother Bill.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you become stressed at Christmastime?