Post-Holiday-Let-Down

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You know how all the anxiety of Christmas shopping/preparing/wrapping/cooking/cleaning all resolves just about December 26th, then you're on a present-high for about another 2 days.

Then it really hits you.

The holiday let-down.

UGH. Depression at it's best.

Makes you kinda go, "remember when everyone was all happy and getting along, playing with all the new stuff, being good for Santa's sake?!"

What happened to that?

We're entering week 2 of Christmas vacation and the gloves are back on, the kids are back to their feisty ways and the party's over.

And, I'm pretty jealous of Santa, he gets all the glory and the kids pretty much bow before the fireplace when they think of him.

UGH.

This is one of those times when all your defenses are left vulnerable and waiting to come down with the next virus to hit the neighborhood.

You know you need to head to the store, but you bring your own Lysol wipees for the cart handle and to wipe down the ATM keypad.

You want to head to Bunco so badly so you bring one of those doctor's mask to wear and rubber gloves to protect you from the dice.

You hope to head out to a New Year's Eve dinner and champagne, but settle for Top Ramen and a Coke.

UGH.

I thought P0st-Vacation-Sadness-Disorder was tough. PHLD is the new PVSD.

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  1. Joanna said...

    You know, I never thought about taking wipes with me for an ATM keypad. Our grocery store has wipes at the door for the carts - I love it!

  2. Braja said...

    Jen honey I think you need cranberry martinis with Vodka Mom and me :)

  3. blueviolet said...

    I almost always get that disorder but this year for some reason it's eluding me. I'm grateful and I'm not even going to question it.

  4. Sass said...

    And posts like this one are what make me love you!!!

    Oh...I'm so glad I'm not alone in this.

    I've missed catching up on all my bloggy friends! ;)

  5. Brittany said...

    I know...what the crap can I hold above my kids head for good behavior now?

  6. Jay @halftime lessons said...

    I am with ya, sista...

    House is a disaster, so is the garage, and nobody's gonna fix it but me.

    And I have a pile of "daddy gifts" that I have to find a way to creatively recycle...

    but on a happier note...You're a Featured Blogger!!!! You Rock, Jen.

  7. Weaselmomma said...

    Enjoy the downtime with a glass of wine after you duct tape the kids inside of a closet. Works to pick up my spirits every time (just kidding of course).

  8. Tabitha Blue said...

    Ugh. Yeah. Sorry. Hope it gets better. And REALY hope no viruses come knocking on our door. I'm with you on the wipes thing!!!!!!!


    :)
    ~Tabitha~

    freshmommyblog.com

  9. Heather of the EO said...

    You're funny even when you're depressed.

    Have the champagne, it will help!

  10. CaJoh said...

    Perhaps that is why my wife asks for bath stuff for Christmas— so that she can have her Calgon moment and escape.

    Stay healthy!

  11. April said...

    congrats on being a mission monday feature :-) we haven't hit let down yet, we have guests in town all next week!!!

  12. Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

    Oh, I know exactly what you mean! You are definitely not alone!! ;)

  13. Janie said...

    Hope you get over the PHLD soon.

    I've heard a good remedy is a spa day.

    ;)

  14. ~PakKaramu~ said...

    Happy new year

  15. John Deere Mom said...

    I am SO ready for things to go back to normal. My husband is finally back to work...YAY! We had WAY too much togetherness. So here I sit in front of the computer while the kids play with the new toys they are not yet tired of sipping coffee. Good times.

  16. MAMA CEO said...

    I know what you mean...instead I am focusing on enjoying the slowness of the days rather than the crazy hecticness!

  17. mommaof4wife2r said...

    came on over from mission monday...

    and i agree...santa gets way too much glory! i'm ok with it since i get to use him as an excuse for like 6 weeks before christmas for good behavior though! ha! nice blog. i'm gonna look around more!

  18. Ranch Girl said...

    It definitely is a bit of a letdown. We had people staying at our house for 6 days straight - it's a little weird to have just the 3 of us now ...

  19. Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

    I know what you mean...it seems like you are so busy and then when Christmas finally gets here it is over so quickly and you are thrown back to real life...ugh!

  20. April said...

    OK...I'm now putting clorox wipes in my purse...not touching anything!

  21. Anna Lefler said...

    I feel ya! On top of all that, I also have PPTOBD: Post Pecan Tart Overload Blotation Disorder.

    [urp]

    It ain't pretty.

    XO

    A.

  22. jsprik said...

    i suffer from this as well, i don't like to travel because of it. it happens whenever I go anywhere. i get very stressed leaving home and then sometimes cry for days after coming home. i am bipolar and have borderline personality disorder so i have learned to expect these "episodes". my husband is a very patient man!! ;) congrats on MM FB!!! Happy New Year!!

  23. Lee the MWOB Queen said...

    I still have family in town and the kids are romping with their cousins so my PVLD has not kicked in yet - for that I am thankful. But it's coming....i can feel it.

    Especially when my dude goes back to work next week UGH on that.

    Hang in there. Happy New Year!

  24. Margo said...

    It's not hitting me that badly this year. I could say it's because I've read The Secret, took up Hatha Yoga and learned to roll my own sushi, but that would not be true. Not only because I didn't do any of that stuff, but because I'm 100% sure it's my new meds. I can't drink wine or martinis because of an horrific twist of fate: I am allergic.. so I need the pills more than I even knew. Older daughter drives, and no one believes Santa comes down the chimney anymore... so post Christmas squirrley factor is way done from Christmas' Past. Happy new year! I really enjoy your blog.

  25. Jen @ Mommay's Mayhem said...

    Yea, I really need an "elf" year round to watch over the kids and report back to someone.

    I'm going out with the girls tonight. I need a break away from this house!!!

  26. Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

    I am ready to go back to WORK in order to get some rest! Love the post!

  27. Misadventurous Mommy said...

    I hate it when we can't use Santa as a weapon anymore...the whole "I'm calling Santa!" thing doesn't really work post December 25th and it sucks!

  28. jill jill bo bill said...

    Now to ground the kids from all their goodies because they are brats!!!!! Hurry and go back to school!!!!!!!!!

  29. forgetfulone said...

    I think the post-holiday let-down affects us all.

  30. Jenni Jiggety said...

    I am still feeling pretty GOOD because I am on vacation...but next Monday when I have to go to work...I will be in a foul, sour mood!

  31. Merrie said...

    Gloves and a mask at Bunco, eh? That ought to be interesting.

    Our Monterey trip is back on, but we're going to do cheap take out dinner for the room. lol Anything to enjoy just being there!

  32. Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

    I'm just starting to come down off my Christmas high.... the drive home from my parents' tomorrow will be murder! Meh.

  33. Abbi said...

    i kinda get down after Christmas too! it's like a high and then you have to hit that low!!
    then i think that it's bitter sweat!

  34. SweetPeaSurry said...

    I wanted to say to Brittany, that I read a blog recently about someone's mother who said all the little birdies that hang out on the telephone wires are 'Santa's Helpers' and they report to Santa all year round. I thought it was a pretty good idea.

    I'm not a mom, so I get all of the fun of christmas without the Post-Christmas Let Down.

    I'd offer you some yummy coffee cake and tea as a condolance, but that would probably ... eventually just make you feel worse. Buck up though, Spring is just around the corner!!!

  35. Eudea-Mamia said...

    Over from MM - can totally feel your pain. I'm chagrined to say that when dear hubby headed back to work today, I wasn't all that sad.

    Sometimes juggling the kids is a little easier without someone else throwing a ball at me, you know?

    Hope the funk passes quickly!!

  36. Ann said...

    "And Mom And Dad Can Hardly Wait For School To Start Again!" Oh brother!!! How true.
    And now my 9 yrs. old niece is staying with us because of her father's work schedule and I'm about ready to scream!
    ...whew...
    ...deep breath...
    Alright. A bit better now.

  37. Kristen Andrews said...

    gosh glad I am not the only one that feels that way. We are all sick on top of it. We use to go to Disney the day after Xmas to chase the blues away, the wine isn't working either. Great post Jen.

  38. Toni said...

    Sorry that you are suffering from PHLD. I am suffering from the mess. It is so bad I don't even know where to start. I get one thing done and Hunter manages to destroy another room with all his Christmas loot.

    Hope the New Year and Ramen bring you out of depression! Have a Happy and safe one!

    p.s. I love your stocking cap!!!

  39. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    I hate taking my decorations down, that makes me so depressed. SO I wait till after the new year to do it.

    I'm fixing to post something that might make you smile! :)

  40. Mel @ A Box of Chocolates said...

    Here I thought it was just me who goes through the after holiday depression. I have a post in progress about how I've been feeling. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. We will get through it!! Hang in there.

  41. Heinous said...

    I'm here from Mission: Monday and I'm glad I clicked over.

    The new year cures PVSD, doesn't it? It's all about the clean slate. It won't cure viruses though, so you had better keep those wipes ready...

  42. Just A Mom (call me JAM for short) said...

    Yep, parties over. Colds are here. I know the drill. We'll get through it, us moms always do. Ummmm.... happy new year!

  43. Tiaras and Tantrums said...

    someone else posted about this - I am still surprised - I guess I have never experienced this!! I am SO HAPPY it is all over!!!!!!!

  44. Jennifer said...

    Be strong! It'll all feel like normal again real soon. (And by "soon" I mean "when school starts!")

  45. the RaMbLeR said...

    Yea, don't ya just love this germ spreading season?

    Time to pick yourself up and start to prepare for the new year!!

    Positive thoughts! Positive thoughts!

  46. kel said...

    I want to live in bubble.. a pristine, clear,virus and germ free bubble!!

  47. La Mom said...

    Totally agree with your view on PHLD.
    Happy 2009!

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