Thanks to Beckiesmentalmess blog “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. This #week 24 question prompt is about how you manage your mental health during the holiday season. Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
There are lots of prompts and I’ve chosen to write about this one:
Do you have a stable relationship with your family and/or friends during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? If your answer is (YES), please give us an example of what the holidays are like with family and/or friends? If you answered (NO), Please explain to us why not?
Despite the fact that we’re now all pretty much spread around the world, I have a great relationship with friends and family during the holidays, particularly over the festive season. Around late October I start asking everyone about their plans, if they have any, and see where we can all fit in some time together, on which days, whose home etc.
We pretty much used to hold Christmas day in our home as it was large enough to seat 16-20+ guests, including the little ones. People used to sleep where they fell so everyone could relax and have a cheeky drink or two. I’d have a huge Norwegian pine tree delivered and decorated a day or two before as I loved it to smell and look great right through the holidays. I loved seeing all the presents under the tree, wrapped up pretty and decorated with ribbons, candy sticks, baubles and bells.
Dad’s a carpenter so he’d extend the table for us all and we’d have to borrow a few more dining chairs. Dad’s other jobs, his favourite, was to cook the turkey and to make the mince pies. The ladies would be in the kitchen singing Carol’s during veg preparation, making the stuffing etc while one of my sons made his cranberry sauce, before he moved onto the starter – normally some sort of seafood with accompaniments. My youngest son and often his best friend would be fooling around while making a dessert of their choice, singing along and getting the little ones to join in with the mixing.
I loved decorating the table in, call-me-boring – red and white everytime -with baubles, nuts, shiny star sprinkles, crackers and small gifts for everyone. I loved the excitement of seeing mum, dad and all my siblings together with my nieces and nephews, their little ones and usually an assortment of friends. How I loved the laughter, the giggling, the (quiet) screams of the children when they won the cracker-pulling with their grandparents or won a gift from pass the Red Christmas parcel. The groans when someone told their Christmas cracker joke, the clinking of the champagne glasses as we toasted everyone (including those that have passed). Even the scraping of the chairs on the wooden floor or the cutlery against the plates. The smiling faces as everyone caught up with their latest news and shared stories about Christmases past or holidays together. All the kids, big and small, loved hearing the tales about their parent’s past i.e. how we got a Christmas stocking with a few crayons, a small gift and an apple or an orange and some nuts in it. Nothing as sophisticated as today’s stockings.
Then came the games; cue more laughter. I mean, have you ever played Twister after a hearty three course meal and a few (hiccup) glasses of wine? In the evening we’d end with the cheese plate and port or some brandy and Irish coffees. Those that could, stayed chatting well into the early hours.
Guess what peeps? If you haven’t got it already – I just love Christmas! I love everything about it. I love that there’s no stress- as everyone helps out in whatever way they can. Anything after all that, for me, is such an anti climax. I don’t know why, but for that one day I can just be! And thankfully, I don’t think I’ve ever felt anxious (well a little but that’s with excitement) or depressed on Christmas day.
Pop on over to Beckiesmentalmess to see the other question prompts and tell us about your holiday season.
- Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
- There are no right or wrong answers. Write in any format you see fit. (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything, and/or narrative).
- You can do one or all prompts.
- You have from November 20th. through November 26th. to submit your entries.
- Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
- ( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).
- Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this week’s prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!
- Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site and spread more awareness!