The holidays are a time when families get together and spend time with each other. Which is also why Christmas can feel so lonely for some people.
If Christmas has got you down, you might be surprised to learn that Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik is feeling the winter blues too, as she revealed in an emotional post on her blog, Grok Nation.
The actress, who came to fame in the "˜90s on Blossom, wrote about "losing love" after breaking up with her unnamed boyfriend at Thanksgiving.
In a blog post from last month, Bialik revealed she spent Thanksgiving with her ex-husband Michael Stone, their two kids, Stone's new girlfriend, and the girlfriend's family while recuperating from her split.
And, for the record, she was totally fine with that unconventional arrangement.
"Divorce isn't the end of a family," she wrote. "It's the end of a nuclear family [...] but we still have responsibilities to each other's families and to our kids as a family."
But Bialik, 43, revealed she spent five years dating her mystery man, and is struggling to pick up the pieces after her breakup, while the holidays approach.
"If ever there were a story that should have ended not like this, I feel this might be it," she wrote. "But he has his own will and much as I wish I could control his will, I cannot. And so here we are."
The breakup obviously took Bialik by surprise, since she hinted that Christmas and Hanukkah are "when people get proposed to," and she had actually been expecting a ring.
"There is rarely good timing for a break up. But most certainly, the worst time is now. In case he is reading this, I'm just meh with this timing. Because say what you will, the holidays are a time to not be recently broken up."
The timing is actually especially bad for Bialik, because Big Bang Theory is also wrapping up this year after 12 seasons, and Bialik admits she's having trouble saying goodbye to the show.
"Every week kind of feels like, 'This is the last time we'll be doing this kind of script,'" she told In Touch. "It's been such a long run, and so it's kind of hard to imagine life after this."
"This is hard," she also wrote about leaving the show on her blog.
"I love coming to work and pretending to be Amy. She's a riot. She's me, and I am her."
But there's always a silver lining, and Bialik (who practices orthodox Judaism) says hers is her faith.
"I see this as an unfolding of my journey that only a Power greater than myself can know and understand," she explained.
And Bialik even has advice for other singles in the same position as her this holiday season: put your phone away, exercise, cut sad music out of your life, and try to focus on what really matters.
Of course, Bialik has her own ways of surviving the holidays.
"I've got a half bottle of Manischewitz, four cats, and a wicked puzzle waiting for me," she wrote.
[H/T: USA Today]