I hear this song several times a day during this time of year. Why would a song with that theme be popular now when we are supposed to feel so happy?
We know a downer song does not necessarily reflect downer feelings. The genre of music called “bluegrass” is filled with happy sounding instrumentation, banjos and such, but has lyrics about death, murder and lost love. But, its fans seem like a happy bunch.
Statistics about this time of year, however, do indicate something is going on with peoples’ states of mind. Requests for mental health services goes way up. We have to wonder why?
I suppose one possibilty is winter solstice, the many hours of darkness, might be taking its toll, but, we attribute it to the holidays. Darkness of mood in some people during the short days of sunlight has a long history.
But, I’m attracted to what, I suppose, is conventional wisdom about the source of Christmas blues. Today on the car radio I heard, “I hope this finds you surrounded by family and friends.”
This implies there is a “standard” for happy holiday circumstances. If you do not meet these standards, do not have the circumstances of family and friends, you must be miserable.
I’m happy for all those who can spend some of the day with those, “family and friends”. To those who cannot, I wish for you a good day, not a blue one.
Remember, the standard is just in effect for tomorrow, then it expires.