‘Tis the season, right?
For peppermint and lights and falala’s and hot chocolate and presents and get-togethers.
That’s the picture that’s always painted this time of year right?
What if that picture doesn’t fit?
Sometimes amid our own glorious holiday extravaganzas we forget that there are many other people out there for which the holidays spell misery.
Maybe you are that person for who the holidays spell misery. Maybe you are that person who has bad memories associated with the holidays, who doesn’t have a place you feel you fit in, who has a family that’s falling apart, who doesn’t have the budget to get your kids anything.
‘Tis the season for the highest rates of separation and divorce, for depression and anxiety, for hitting personal debt ceilings and beyond, for attending work and family parties that you have no desire to attend, for hosting parties you have no desire to host, for fights over where to go and who to spend time with and what traditions matter most. Read the rest of this entry »