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Help your children avoid the ‘After Christmas Blues’

January 3, 2013
By Sue Junge , Times-Republican

I don't know about you, but each year I feel a little sad after Christmas is over. All the preparations; gift buying, meals, family get-togethers, etc. have come to an end and you and your children may be experiencing a sort of "let down" feeling. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are more of adult celebrations, so your children may really be feeling the "after Christmas blues." This year, I felt it through the entire season. I ended up getting influenza A the weekend before Christmas and my husband wasn't feeling well either, so we spent the entire week at home, wishing we could be with family and feeling pretty low that we were stuck in the house feeling pretty bad. So I think I experienced the "blues" way before Christmas was even over. But then I reminded myself of all the things we were able to celebrate. Thank goodness we had our Christmas with our kids and grandkids the weekend before, I'm very thankful we did get to do that, not sure I would have recovered had we had to miss that also. We saw our grandson in his church Christmas program, and enjoyed our granddaughters school Christmas events, so not all was lost. And now, there are still a lot of activities you can do with your children to keep the spirit of Christmas alive a little longer and help them transition back into a normal routine!



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