I'm feeling the stress of the winter holiday season start to creep in. I don't know why these holidays, that are ostensibly about giving thanks & giving to others, carry so much anxiety in my family. We all genuinely care for each other, but slip into strange modes of behavior at this time of year--myself included.
I know. I am lucky & privileged to have these problems. I guess part of my issue with these holidays is how inward looking they are. But they don't have to be, and the best of them is the way they provide a rare occasion for the youngest to interact with the oldest, since we are all so spread out. Maybe it is partly this awareness of how few of these holidays there are, and how time and our connections are fleeting & fragile. There is an undercurrent of that for sure.
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