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Winter time can hold a lot of emotions for the every day person. With day lights saving time making the night come sooner, cold winds and the occasional snow storms it can affect the mood. Seasonal depression is a big problem for 15% of Canadians (which is actually a big enough percentage) in this season.
I could throw statistics but the truth of the matter it comes down to nurture vs nature. I know people who have had a healthy upbringing who love the holidays and I know (myself included) people who had an unhealthy childhood and hate them.
Every year since I can remember I have always become distant and depressed around the Christmas season. I begin to recall memories better left forgotten and it effects my every day life. It bothers me so much that I even want to have a counsellor again just to talk about it and be told it is ok.
I am really trying to be more positive this year. I plan on doing things that makes me smile and make new memories with people I love and chose to be in my life. I hope that if you are affected by depression or seasonal depression this year that you remember this: old memories may plague you but the new memories define you.