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...the truth is that irrespective of anyone's individual religious or spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof,) regardless of one's secular practices, regardless of political ideology, the Holidays are a powerful cultural ritual of sorts with immense psychological underpinnings which, for many, go back to our childhoods.
originally posted by: testingtesting
I have been put on working nights on Xmas eve and Xmas day....I asked to do a late sleep double seeing my family are away and it would have been great spending the day with my service users .
No xmas dinner no presents .
originally posted by: VengefulGhost
Came close to being statistic the past 3 holiday seasons . Betting pool open on whether or not I survive this one .
Only reason havent yet is the longshot hope that get my daughter back .
Otherwise no family , outlived everyone that knew .
Have come to hate holiday season .
Will most likely spend it drinking and debating with myself on becoming another statistic .
originally posted by: zosimov
The holiday season seems to sharpen all the pains of losing those we love and those who feel alone. Here's my wish that everyone find peace and joy this year- from any source available.
My advice to those who are feeling down is to find somebody (anyone- stranger or not) in need to bless, either by providing them with gifts, or food, or company..and I think you'll find that we can forge relationships at any time.
Happy Holidays to all.
Happiness and "toughness" isn't always a choice.
originally posted by: AceWombat04
a reply to: berenike
a reply to: eluryh22
Indeed, no one is exempt from pain, even in the best of circumstances. That is the human condition. There is also much to be joyful about though. I'm sorry for your sadness, and glad you aren't alone all at the same time.
While I do think a lot of people's Holiday Blues derives from the expectation of an ideal that can never be met, I just try to also remember that for many it's much simpler than that. For many it's as simple as, "I desperately wish I had someone to talk to this time of year." Those are the people I created this topic for.
Basically this is just a topic for those who are lonely and want to talk at a time of year when things can feel magnified. Just trying to do my small part, as others have done for me in years past (which helped a great deal.)