The Dream Analysis May Not Have Anything to Do with The Holiday
Have you ever had a dream about a holiday that was many months away? You know the dream can’t really have anything to do with the holiday, itself, because you haven’t seen decorations, cards, pictures, or anything to do with this particular holiday.
In fact, you haven’t even thought about the holiday for months! So why are you dreaming about it?
The fact is, the dream interpretation (analysis) doesn’t have anything to do with the holiday – it’s more about how the holiday makes you FEEL…. the emotions you associate with the holiday.
For example, when trying to determine the analysis of a holiday dream, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the three strongest memories you have of the holiday? Think about these memories – do they “line up” with feelings you’re currently having or could they be feelings that you’re missing in your daily life?
- Does this holiday cause an unusual amount of stress for you? For example, if a particular holiday causes stress because of family relations, money, or loneliness – these bad emotions could be something you’re dealing with in your life.
- Who do you most associate with this holiday? Whether the individuals are alive or not, the dream analysis could simply be that any one of these people (or all of them!) have been on your mind lately. Many times we associate family members we’ve lost with holidays because our most vivid memories of them involve Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. For example, I will always associate Thanksgiving with my father because it was his favorite holiday. He counted the days to Thanksgiving like most people count the days to Christmas! If I were to dream about Thanksgiving, I could pretty much bet that my dad had been on my mind recently.
- Think about specific dream symbols that stand out in the dream. What things, objects, or even colors do you recall most vividly from your dream? If you dream of Christmas Cookies, for example, you are seeking “comfort,” after all, few things are as comforting or as enjoyable as Christmas cookies! You may also strongly associate the person who does most of the baking at Christmas with a Christmas cookie dream.
Most holiday dreams are centered around loved ones, memories, and comfort which makes them some of the best dreams you can have!
I’ve gotten a recurring question lately: “What does it mean to dream about Christmas (holidays)?” Of course, there’s the obvious influence of all the Christmas lights, music, and gifts everywhere now – as well as the Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials and decorations.
However, it actually goes deeper than this.
Whether we dream about holidays and Christmas around November and December, the dream symbols mean pretty much the same things.
Dreaming about holidays is similar to dreaming about vacations: They’re indications that the dreamer needs a break from his/her day to day grind. Dreaming of holidays means that the dreamer is feeling stressed, anxious, and over-worked.
This dream analysis would indicate that the dreamer needs to do all he or she can to slow down. They need to realize that their dream is trying to tell them something and they’d be very wise to heed the message. Even if it means taking just 30 minutes each day or evening to do nothing but relax and unwind… pretty much giving their mind the “holiday” it craves.
Naturally, a few days would be a wonderful luxury, but that isn’t always possible. Think of it this way, if you take 30 minutes each night, and do so for the rest of your life… you’ll be WAY past the “few days” holiday!
One other implication of Christmas dreams is this: Sometimes life gets chaotic and hectic for adults. It’s not easy being a grown up and often we crave the carefree, happy, and fun existence of our childhood. What better time is it to be a child than Christmas?!
If this sounds like it could be your dream interpretation, try to incorporate more fun and, yes, even more play into your life. Instead of teasing your kid(s) about their video games, play with them and/or buy your own. You know what they say about all work and no play!
Holiday and Christmas Dream Symbols
The symbols of Thanksgiving and Christmas simply support everything we’ve discussed above. Anything related to the holidays – wreaths, trees, angels, Santa, baby Jesus, the Nativity Scene, snowmen, gingerbread men, candy canes, bells… – is symbolic of either the need to slow your pace or the need to return to the carefree happiness of childhood.