Post-Christmas Let Down

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Little Heather, excited on Christmas morning.

When I was a kid, I remember the days after Christmas being fraught with emotion. I was sooo thrilled over all of my new stuff, but at the same time, I remember having this weird sense of sadness that, as a child, I couldn’t understand. It was the let-down of all that anticipation – months and months of build up, decorating, meeting Santa, all of it. It was post-Christmas let-down.

I remember my parents and grandmother not being pleased with me being in a funk – they interpreted it as being unhappy with my gifts. That was definitely not the case at all! I was always extremely grateful. It was just hard for me to process that everything was suddenly over.

My daughter is almost four, which is right in the Christmas sweet spot. After Christmas dinner, my husband commented, “I’m just waiting for Annabel’s Christmas let-down.” The older members of my family were aghast! How could she have a let-down?! She’d been given so much!

But she did have a let-down. When our extended family members started to leave after a long day of celebrating, Annie burst into tears.

“I don’t want everyone to leave! I want Christmas to be forever so my family is always here!”

I knew exactly what she meant. I love having my home full of family. The laughter, the stories – there’s really nothing else like it in the world.

And even though my daughter was sad, it warmed my heart to know she felt the same way.

Luckily, a large portion of our family lives close by, and to help ease her through the let-down, grandparents and aunts and uncles have been stopping by our house to play for an hour here and there. The visits have made Annabel ridiculously happy.

They’ve made me happy, too.


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