By: Kate Devine Twitter: @katiedevinee Instagram: @katedevinee

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so- Merry Christmas everybody! The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it is my favorite time of year. To all the critics, you can save the “Grrr, capitalism!” and “Boohoo, consumerism has ruined the holiday season yet again.” talk for another day, because I am not listening!

I absorb the Thanksgiving and Christmas season like a heavy-duty sponge. 

Call me Buddy the Elf, because everything about the holiday season brings me so much joy. Whether it be music, scents, or endless family gatherings, Christmastime holds a special place in my heart.

However…

I have found that whenever I think back on the 18 Christmas seasons I’ve experienced so far, no matter how sweet the memory, I always end up sad.

So, what’s up with that, nostalgia?

Here’s an analogy for you; nostalgia is to memories as the Grinch is to Christmas. The concept of nostalgia always frustrated me, because what is said to make hearts warm and reminiscent, has always made me unhappy. When I would look back fondly at my childhood memories I would be reminded of how much simpler and happier times were. So consequently, I’d begin to feel shitty in the present day.

I thought I was the only one who felt a tinge of sadness when bringing up past memories until I listened to my favorite poet, Olivia Gatwood, say to her listeners that she felt the same way that I did. Wow, I can’t believe I’m as deep as my favorite poet.  I should move to the Big Apple and respond to emails in coffee shops now.

After the mini ego boost this gave me, I started to think about the concept of nostalgia even more. I eventually discovered that it’s not fair to my memories if I am sad every time I think about them. I realized that I should not view nostalgia as something that should be hated, but rather something that should be embraced.

Nostalgia should be celebrated. It is a way for us to remember how rich our lives were. The people we had in our lives and the memories we shared are so special; they deserve to be remembered with affection.

Why is it that nostalgia finds its way back to us in the prime time of the holiday season? Let’s dig deeper into why Christmastime brings up such fond memories. When you think of your favorite memory, I suspect the best part of it comes down to the fact that you shared it with someone you love.

So, what do you do to remedy this? Don’t be a Scrooge; spend time and make time for the people you care about. Make more of these treasured memories every year.

Instead of being sad that our lives aren’t the same as they once were, we should be grateful that we had these memories. The cliché quote holds true, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

So what’s the moral of my spiel about nostalgia (and its baggage- the holiday season)?

Jingle those bells and deck those halls, because these moments shared are some that we will treasure for a lifetime.

NNNN

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