Christmas depression

This time of the year is having its toll on people already. Tom Coates from the popular is expressing it quite eloquently in this little piece. He concludes like this:

Or maybe I need a few days off and a bit of a change of context. Maybe all I need in the run up to Christmas is a few easy drinks, some food and family in Norfolk and a complete forcible dislocation from the most challenging, frustrating, rewarding and hard-to-get-over year of my life so far. I’m hoping it’s true. Is a phase shift on the horizon? I think that it might be, but it could be a mirage. Roll on 2005? Well I guess we’ll see.

My answer: Get that drink, food and family. Nothing beats that. Well, maybe presents, but the other stuff will do.