We’re already three weeks into the new year, and I haven’t even begun to get on with the few things I need to focus on this year. It’s not that I’ve been sitting around doing nothing, but I haven’t exactly been making a serious effort to tackle my to-do list for 2014. Instead, I still can’t believe the holidays are over and that January is coming to a close. Time seems to be moving too fast for me, and I want it to slow down or at least back up a few weeks, back to the holidays. I think I’m going through some sort of post-holiday blues.
Feeling a little worn out or down the first day or two after the new year is probably not uncommon, but it’s been three weeks! “Come on,” I yelled out loud to myself last week when I finally decided that the holiday decorations had to come down. It’s telling that as I boxed up the ornaments, trees, and jingle bells, I didn’t want to do it. I really didn’t want to close the boxes and put everything back in the storage room, but I made myself do it anyway. I can still see my little tree sitting on my desk sometimes.
Then I had to deal with the holiday movies I recorded on the DVR. I’m sure that in most households holiday movies are nowhere to be found by the third week of January, and I know this is probably normal and healthy. Yet, I couldn’t make myself delete them, not until after I’d closed the boxes on the decorations. Once the decorations were gone, I sat down, scrolled through the list, and one-by-one, I watched my favorite holiday movies disappear from the screen. Right now, only two remain, and I have no plans to delete them anytime soon.
It’s funny, I didn’t have the same problem with the music. I stopped playing holiday music a few days after the new year without too much difficulty. I can only assume that this is because I started playing it on October 1st and after three months, well, it’s probably time to listen to something else. You’ll still hear me hum a few favorite melodies from time-to-time, but I’ve moved on to other genres.
It’s Saturday night, and I haven’t let those holiday movies go. They jump out at me every time I scroll through my playlist. I must confess that I’m watching one right now. Perhaps I need a cup of strong, hot tea (Yogi St. John’s Wort Blues Away) to help me get over this, but for tonight, I’ll continue to enjoy my holiday movie and pretend that it’s still the middle of December.