The Holiday Season

by Hannah Joyce

The Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving has ended, and it will soon be Christmas. This time of year tends to be stressful for everyone. Family reunions are happening every other week, and for some, family gatherings are incredibly stressful.


For me personally, I have such a supportive and loving family, but like any family, we have our problems. We all are very strong in our opinions and beliefs, but there is so much love between us. Our intentions are always good, but sometimes it feels like one person is running the show.

Every year we have a family Christmas usually done before Christmas where we all get together, and the adults do a yankee swap while everyone buys gifts for the kids. You would think a yankee swap would be pretty simple, but my Aunt is very hands on and loves to be the one calling the shots. No disrespect to her at all, but at times it gets very annoying. 

Why can’t we just do a simple yankee swap? She is always making it more complicated than it needs to be. When we first began having the family Christmas’ we just set a price limit for it, and everyone would bring a gift. As the years passed, my aunt has changed the game. She’s moved it to a gift card and a small gift swap, that it relates to the gift card, so that we open the gift, but not the gift card. For me personally, I enjoyed how we did it initially, but she continues to try to change it.

My point in sharing this experience with you is that family is tough, but without them, life would be dull. During the holiday season, it is not only important to give thoughtful gifts to others but to continue to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Self-care does not go on hold for the holidays. Continue to take time for yourself and maybe you will find that the holiday season becomes just a bit easier when you are actively still caring for yourself.



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