It’s That Time of Year Again: Surviving The Holidays

December is an important time. Many religions have December festivals of some kind, but I think even if you’re not religious or your religion isn’t one that is celebrating in December, it’s a month when we all tend to come together.

2020 has obviously thrown a curveball in terms of celebrations this year, but that doesn’t detract from this time of year. The trees are still up, the menorahs still lit, only this year’s reminder feels like one of reflection, rather than fun.

None of this means that the holidays feel any less stressful, though – we still care about showing up in the right way for relatives. This year, arguably, it’s more stressful than ever, having to make decisions about who we see and how we protect them. And that’s on top of the usual Christmas stresses.

I’m resharing last year’s holiday episode because the content is still relevant, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Just because we’ve all realised how we usually take spending time with others for granted, it doesn’t mean that the holidays will be a walk in the park.

Holidays stress is a real thing, every year. Many people simply don’t like Christmas – and that’s perfectly okay. No one should judge you for that.

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