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'Holiday mode'-does your brain shift like mine does?


I have always heard of people talking about being in 'holiday' mode....where the brain is just focusing on the holidays-family, parties, decorating, presents, goodies to eat....I have (up until this year) NEVER experienced this or believed in it!

Until this year...I am actually going back 'home' to NY for the holidays. My husband and I are staying with my mother and her new husband whom I haven't met (yet). Anyways, last week at work, I caught myself drifting off and thinking about NY and talking to all my highschool pals who stayed in town...and all the dinners and things. I noticed that I am only getting about half of my work done. Clients are bringing cards and cookies....

So does anyone else go through this? I am not going to complain about it...I actually kind of like it-just want to know if I am not alone in feeling this way?
Dec 20, 2009 @ 10:31 am

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most of the time - yes!

On a rare year, I might feel a little humbuggish and then the shift is merely one of grumbling and stressing about what has to get done in a relatively compressed time period.

But usually I do shift into the sugarplum fairy at some point. It's not conscious; the only comparison I can make is like when (most) pregnant women "nest" in the days/weeks immediately before going into labour. For me, it was yesterday. I have long finished my shopping and decorating but just wasn't fully into it. Then yesterday afternoon I made 4 different kinds of baked goodies and only stopped because I ran out of eggs :)

Having a bit of a challenge today at work as well. Keep wondering if the mister has gotten my completely overt hints about what's on my wishlist!
Dec 21, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
Ali de Bold

Holiday insanity - not universal

I'm noticing here in Argentina that people don't seem to be losing it over buying piles of gifts for Christmas. Normally at this time of year, the last place I'd ever want to be is in a mall because I don't like large crowds and I hate sweating carrying my jacket and piles of bags. Here the mall crowds are surprisingly normal. A normal flow of people, nothing too crowded and no one walking around looking frantic or looking like they just spent 3 month's rent on gifts. I'm kind of impressed. I am starting to think that holiday madness may be a North American phenomenon.

There are plenty of decorations here, lots of christmas carols playing, trees all lit up... but no insanity to go with it. Keep in mind I've been in a shopping mall most days we've been here because I foolishly under packed thinking I'd fill my luggage with excellent deals. Even on the weekends, it's not very busy.

I've noticed here that people spend a lot of time with family and friends. It's more common to see large tables of families and friends at restaurants than two people alone. I'm really impressed with that.
Dec 21, 2009 @ 05:30 pm

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