Zenit News has a very helpful story on one parish's attempt to help those who suffer from Christmas Depression. Father Xavier Morlans of St. Raymond of Penyafort Parish in Barcelona, Spain says that
Many are seeking a possible happiness associated with humility. The symptoms of the so-called Christmas doldrums are: an excessive consumerism, memories of deceased family members, and the stress of preparing holiday meals, etc., but there is a deep-seated kind [of symptom] in the West, due to the 'sediment' that remains in the DNA of a European of the secularized world after so many years of Christianity.
The Zenit article says that the priest invites the faithful to rediscover and relish Christmas and to relearn a personal encounter with God. After all, that *is* what Christmas is all about. It is not about a particular menu, or decoration, or gift. It is about the Gift that is always available to us--Christ Himself.