Holiday Syndrome

Rachel is a 16-year-old born and raised in NYC.  She enjoys singing, debating, traveling and writing.  Her favorite subjects are English and Science; she wishes to pursue  a career in either of them in the future.Snow Queen by Soleil Today.

So the holidays are coming and that means days off, gifts, and….can it be?  *gasp* More family time!?!  I have noticed that as holidays draw near, especially when your family is hosting a family gathering or party at your house, members of the household tend to get…well, irritable.  Consistently, year after year, I realized that this trend doesn’t just happen with my family, but with others.  Everyone is in a rush to go somewhere or do something: they need to pick up a last minute gift, or they have to run to the store to pick up a forgotten ingredient for dinner.  This causes me to ask the question: are we all catching a holiday contagion?

This sickness, or what I like to call “holiday syndrome”, is when you are easily irritated or stressed out every time there is a major holiday coming up.  The holidays, especially around this time of year, seems to be a time of stress and worry instead of joy and cheer.  It seems that most parents, normally the mothers, want everything to be perfect and spotless for when the family comes over.

However, this irritability is not limited to parents; us teens tend to yell and get in trouble more right around this time.  My Latin teacher commented to my class that all her classes tend to be more rowdy and talkative around the holidays, even monthly, whenever the moon is full.  Possible explanation?  All teens are secretly werewolves? I’m just kidding.  All joking aside, how can we possible prevent ourselves from developing “holiday syndrome”?

To find out how to stop this epidemic, let’s analyze the possible causes:

  1. 1. Upcoming midterms – Teens and young adults have “big” tests that comes up as the winter break does.  Considering that 85% of the young people are lazy, this would mean CRAM TIME!  This would lead to stress, worry and potential lack of sleep, which are all likely causes of irritability.

  2. 2. Approaching deadlines – To add onto the upcoming tests, projects are also given in excess during this time of year; teachers try to stuff in as much grades as they can so they could either boost up their kids grades, or satisfy the quota for the number of grades needed.

  3. 3. “Festal OCD” – This is another term I made up, based on the symptoms of the person.  Someone who’s most likely to have “holiday syndrome” is one who wants “everything to be perfect for the holidays”.  Whether because the in-laws are coming over or your family is just hosting a dinner party, too much stress is ALWAYS bad for you.

So as we hang around the mistletoe and count down to midnight on Christmas Eve to open presents, let’s just remember one thing: No matter how hard you try or how many stresses are in your life, remember to take a deep breath in and a deep breath out; the holidays is really about family being together after all.

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