Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hunting for Humor

I am hunting for humor.  I have been searching for it for some time.  This time of year is so hard for many people, and I am no exception.

It confuses me somewhat, as this is a joyful time of year. 

Christmas—joyful.  Songs—irritatingly upbeat.  Decorations—bad taste at any other time of the year, but not now.  Demands on time—give, give, give but finding joy in the giving.

Church—cantatas that celebrate Christ’s birth and our salvation; that’s good. 
Holiday foods—another good thing. 
Cute and happy children—a real plus.

So what is my problem?

Basically, I have a dark side that I fight against. 
It is depression, something that has plagued me for much of my adult life.  It didn’t have a name until people I loved started dying. Finally the dark cloud that would come over me had a title and a treatment.

This time of year brings the memories of those who have died, who are celebrating Christmas in Heaven, to the front of my brain.  While I keep plodding along with Christmas joy, my humor is hiding somewhere.

Maybe it is in the sock drawer.


  1. I think Christmas tends to make adults a tad introspective. I find myself dwelling on Christmases past which seems to be sucking the joy out of Christmas present. It has become more of a memorial for me rather than the celebration it is supposed to be. Maybe I had better check my own sock drawer.

  2. Those socks can really bury the humor but I hear the utensil drawer is the real bad guy. Those forks just keep sticking a umm fork in it..haha

  3. I have fought that battle and there are times in my life when I thought Melancholy should be my middle name. It is not getting me this year though, no it won't.

  4. Hmmm... you are not alone with this. I find it difficult this time of year, so many of us do. Keep fighting.

  5. Thanks, Delores. You had a recent post that was beautiful, and it was about "putting your head down...and remembering..." I can't recall the exact words. So very perfect.

    Pat--I must check the utensil drawer sometime. It scares me.

    Arleen--Continue to fight the good fight. I will be joining you.

    Carole--Thanks for the encouragement.

  6. Christmas can be hard, and sooo financially stressful too. I know that shouldn't matter, but it does make things depressing sometimes.

    P. S. On a very happy note, after reading your post yesterday, I got new socks! They're so cute! I put them in my drawer and they made me smile. Sure they were on sale; sure half of them have Christmas trees on them and will look weird the rest of the year, but they don't have holes in them LOL! So fun :0)

  7. Christmas is indeed a time of memories, and a time of yearning for me at least. Add way too busy, and too expensive as well and it is no wonder the black dog bites us. Sometimes hard. Keeping busy if my way of dodging him, but he outruns me every time. Be kind to yourself. Says the woman who hasn't got the time for that.

  8. This time of year can be tough for many people. I hope you can truly find the bright side of this time of year.

  9. You are all so wonderful and supporting. I love the description of 'the black dog'! Thanks, "Elephant's Child" for stating this darkness that hits many people at Christmas.
    Elisa--I hope you wear those socks out!
    Trisha--Thanks for the encouragement!


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