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The Holiday Cheer Letdown

The holiday season is the time to celebrate, spread joy, and show everyone how much you care about them…And after it's over, it's back to being a grump! Here are Modern Manners Guy’s 3 tips to handle the post-holiday letdown.

By
Richie Frieman
December 30, 2012
Episode #231

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Tip #3: Throw a New New Year's Party

Who says you can only have fun and party like the holidays, during the holidays? There is no rule to that. Sure, it may be whacky to have a New Year's party in the third week of January but it's not whacky to throw a party in general. Now, I'm not saying you need to deck the halls and make hot cocoa in mid-January, but I am saying that you do not need to put celebrating as whole on hold just because Hallmark says there is nothing to celebrate right now. And for the record, Hallmark always has a reason for you to celebrate. The time after the holidays is rough because you're getting back to the day-to-day grind with nothing fun or exciting to look forward to. However, if you try, you can find something to get excited about and allow that letdown of holiday season ending not be as devastating on your psyche.

I had a boss one year who dedicated one day of each month to celebrating something. Whether it was birthdays for that month, the team going to the playoffs, or just So-And-So's kid getting into college, there was always a reason to get excited. And why not? What's the harm in that? If anything it's good for morale, plus a great excuse to try out the Domestic CEO’s recipe for Salsa Verde Pork. The point my old boss was trying to make was that just because the holidays are over, it does not mean we have to stop acting as kind as we did.

Sure, it's January and nothing but snowstorms happens, but his monthly celebrations were a reminder of that holiday cheer we held onto. And it worked! We planned for the events – especially if it was a surprise party – and all came together as a team. Now that’s something to cheer about.

Do you have a great story about how you properly dealt with the after holiday crash? Post all the details in the comment section below or on the Modern Manners Guy Facebook page.

As always, if you have another manners question, I look forward to hearing from you at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. Follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT, and of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips for a more polite life.

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