The Feeling of Christmas

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The holiday season is upon us, bringing on festive cheer and happiness.

Faith DeSio, Photojournalist

The holiday season brings cold weather, hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, baking, gift exchanges, holiday traditions, Christmas lights, and most importantly – holiday cheer. Each year people look forward to one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, Christmas. In fact, December and most of November seem to be consumed by the holiday. This time of year is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but many find it very stressful nonetheless. 

Having to buy gifts, plan or attend parties, and go along with all the festivities can be a lot to handle. This last quarter of the year has so much going on already. 

Seeing all the decorations and amazing setups in front of/inside houses brings back happy nostalgia to many. Despite all the anxieties of the season, “In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate with things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood” remarks psychoanalysis Steve McKeown (INSIDER). Simple decorations create a flicker of happiness from within, what other time of the year has this effect?!

The warm fuzzy feeling of sipping a mug of hot cocoa while watching a holiday movie as raindrops slowly trickle down the windows is unbeatable. Think back to the magic of Christmas morning when we were younger, didn’t it seem as if anything was possible? Those magical feelings are emotions that are recreated in adults when they see a happy Hallmark movie, the town lit up with seasonal lights, or familiar faces on a Holiday greeting card.

Having the stress of the holidays afoot can wear people down quite easily. From financial issues to personal demands, coping with the seasonal stress is difficult for many. One student, Christopher Glaze-Barnes (11) says,

The holiday season can stress people out, butI think that this time of the year is very special to many!”

— Christopher Glaze-Barnes (11)

“The holiday season can stress people out, but I think that this time of the year is very special to many!” Some ways to destress this holiday season include: planning out gift ideas ahead of time, marking special dates on the calendar for holiday activities, taking a walk in the brisk winter air, baking cookies with loved ones and family members, or just kicking back and watching a funny show or movie. When feeling overwhelmed, remember to embrace the happy emotions created from Christmas festivities and scenes. Know that some stress is normal, and remember to be kind to yourself. Possibly even take one or two days of winter recess for yourself to really take in the Christmas spirit.

This holiday season, remember to embrace everything, live in the moment, and enjoy the plentiful joys of Christmas.