Yes, actual Advent doesn’t start until next Sunday, December 3, but depression doesn’t follow the liturgical calendar.
So here we are. Standing on the brink of a reeeeeeally long wait until Christmas. This is the second-longest stretch possible between American Thanksgiving and Christmas (next year is going to be the longest) which means those spirit fingers are going to get cramped earlier than usual.
This is the first of a whole bunch of reminders that a) you’re not the only depressed one, so don’t feel guilty or ashamed of it, or like you can’t say anything, b) the outsized expectations for this season say more about our culture than they do about you, and c) you don’t have to if you don’t want to. For real.
You can do it.