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December 29, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
There were presents and sweets, advent calendars and decorations galore, games and singing, family and two rambuctious little dogs, two amazing emails from Santa Claus, a mischievious elf and a sweet Christmas Angel, and finally, the post-holiday blues. Have you ever read the book "Llama Llama Holidrama"? It describes exactly how it feels to prepare for the holidays in our house, and maybe your house too. We go all out with everything Christmas. It's such a joyous time of year. Why not do it big? But, after it's all over, there is a sense of letdown or sadness. All this buildup and it's all over! Julie definitely got a sense of that Christmas night, as she lay whimpering in her bed. "It goes too quick. I can't believe I have to wait another 365 days for Christmas to come again," Julie pouted. I tried to convince her that the "Christmas feeling" could stay with her all year long, but she wasn't quite buying it. I can't really blame her. I usually feel that way too. How can you not feel a tad depressed as you drag the Christmas tree to the curb, and take down all the festive decorations? Christmas is such a happy and fun time in our house, so when it goes away we all feel a little blue. At least we have New Years!
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Julie and Johnny in their Christmas Eve pajamas, with my sister's dog Taz.