03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Skinny On The Post-Holiday Slump

An overwhelming majority of people enjoy Christmas and the new year. But talk at this time of year always seems to centre on the minority who don't relish family gatherings, the yells and laughter of children or the challenge of endless social gatherings.

One problem is that Christmas is such a peak of a child's year that expectations are too high and are deliberately exaggerated by those, such as retailers, who make a sizeable portion of their annual income in December and January. The festive period is overhyped and it would be astounding if expectations were always met. The sadness is that when reality doesn't meet expectation, a reactionary tide of depression may wash away the elation that was anticipated.

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