The holiday season is upon us. Holidays are special days that bring us together with those we love. However, because we spend more time with them and are restricted to one location on most of the days, we are more likely to get embroiled in arguments. Occasionally, we are confronted with problems that confine and derail us from the excitement of the season.
One of the primary issues that families face over the holidays is the countless expectations we place on those days, as well as the endless to-do lists that make us feel rushed and unable to enjoy them.
It is critical to recognize that holidays aren’t supposed to be as rewarding as we want them to be, but rather a time to reconnect with family members with whom we don’t typically spend enough time due to our hectic schedules. As a result, removing such expectations and being prepared to get into dialogues as honestly and calmly as possible will substantially enhance our enjoyment of the holidays and improve upon our understanding of one another.
This is an important part of the holiday season, and releasing the tension is key. What if we used holidays to simply decorate and invite other family members around for a meal as well as to talk about our lives? Instead of focusing on social media that raises expectations for those times of the year and leads us to believe that we are obliged to do certain things on these particular days, or else we are not doing it right. It is quite the reverse, as we only require the presence of our loved ones, and maybe share a warm, delicious meal or engage in profound discussions; this will draw us closer than ever before.
It goes without saying that many of us are exceedingly fortunate to be able to spend the holidays with our families without having to worry about any concerns that could jeopardize our safety. In this day and age, we should be grateful.