Christmas Expectatons vs. Reality

Seasonal Depression


George Hodan

The holidays can also bring depression to some.

Jorie Buie, Editor

While Christmas is a magical time for many, the holiday season can be hard to get through for others. All of us at RACC TV thought it would be appropriate to confront how difficult the holiday season can be. There is so much build-up in America around Christmas. Holiday music is blared in every store by November first, elf on the shelves pop up in every suburban household, wishlists start being sent out, and expectations are easily set. According to Health Partners, “while holidays are a time of joy, people sometimes have unrealistic expectations for how special something is going to be. This can lead to feelings of let-down later if those aren’t met. Similarly, people may be more likely to compare themselves to others during this time of year. It’s easy to look at someone’s holiday card and think their life is more perfect than it really is. This can lead to assuming everyone else around you is happy, and you’re the odd one out”. 

Many students at Frisco High were recently interviewed, their responses may shock you. 

Former Medical Terminology and current Health Science student, Hannah Guthrie, 10, was one of our interviewees. “[…] I don’t know if it’s Christmas itself that’s depressing or if the time change messes more with our heads than we actually think.” said Guthrie “The main cause for Seasonal Depression is because we see less sunlight. Fall Forward messes with our internal clock which causes serotonin levels to get messed up[…]”. Guthrie offered an interesting perspective suggesting that Christmas may just come at an interesting time of year and Seasonal Depression has nothing to do with the holiday itself. The next interviewee, Trevin Fugere, 10, has no former medical knowledge and offered his thoughts coming from the perspective of a high school sophomore. “I feel like [Seasonal Depression] is because after the holiday season there’s no more festivities or anything to look forward to,” said Fugere. Umesh Aldurulu is in the graduating class of twenty twenty-four. Umesh said, “I believe that people get depressed around Christmas because it gets darker faster and your visiting family members eventually go back home.” 

After reading the perspectives of sophomore students, two of which are aspiring doctors, we’d like you to decide what the main cause of seasonal depression could be. Drastic time changes? Family leaving home? Or maybe even a build-up of unrealistic expectations? Either way, it’s important to shed light on this topic so others feel less alone if they’re facing seasonal depression.