A lot of people say that the biggest letdown of the year is the day after Christmas (generally speaking), but personally, I think that it’s the day the Christmas decorations come down. For Jordan and I, that day was yesterday.
After church and lunch, we went to Wal-Mart to buy some Rubbermaid containers, and then it was time to take everything down. Well, almost everything. Our naked tree is still sitting in its place until we figure out where to throw it away, and fallen pine needles and glitter remain. Our apartment looks so bare now, and it makes me sad. How could the holidays have gone by so quickly? It seems like we just bought our tree!
I can’t seem to shake the sad feeling. I thought a two week break from work (compared to the two days that I got last year) would leave me feeling refreshed and renewed, but I actually feel quite the opposite. I feel depressed that the holidays went by so quickly. I feel anxious that I have to go back to my new job tomorrow. I feel excited, but overwhelmed that this is the year that we will be buying a house, and as I recently learned (because mine won’t make it much longer), a car. I feel stressed.
For right now, I have one more day to soak in the faint pine smell of our Christmas tree, watch daytime TV, and prepare myself for the reality that I will have to face tomorrow. Ready or not, real life awaits me .
Do you find it hard to go back to work after an extra long break?
Are you feeling the post-holiday blues?