There’s a phenomenon that’s been conspicuously (and happily) absent from my life ever since I moved to Australia 10 years ago: the post-holiday grumpies. After Christmas, Australians cleverly move right into festival season, keeping up the lovely momentum of holiday and summer happiness. It leaves us very little to look forward to during our lukewarm winters, but that’s a different story.
But Northern-Hemisphere-dwellers, I still feel your pain. The holidays are over and all you’re left with is the unique misery one feels when staring at piles of dirty snow, thinking about an annoying resolution to eat more kale and knowing there’s no hope of seeing a blade of grass until April.
Cheer up! I have a brilliant solution, and it has everything to do with shopping. Everyone knows the best kind of emotional band-aid involves spending money, so after you buy your kale, get thee to a mall.