It's true, the holidays can bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, they can also bring out the worst in people. Why? Well--who knows. The holidays, aka that month long stretch of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day can just be a strange time for many.

You know how the holidays can go. Leading up to them, there's the string of questions such as: who are you bringing, what do you mean you're still single, what time will you be here, what do you want to eat, can you bring anything, do you like red wine or white wine. The list could go on.

Then of course, you get to the day-of festivities. The questions don't stop: How are you, where's your date, what do you mean you're still single, how long are you staying, have you gained weight--and so on.

WHY do the holidays have to be so stressful? I'm convinced it's because tv, movies, and society just seems to tell us all that these days are "supposed to be" a certain way and everyone expects them to go THAT way...or else. It's a painful process and it's often why personally, I can't stand holidays on a superficial level. All I want is some time with those close to me...is that too much to ask? I don't care if we're eating filet mignon or a grilled cheese sandwich.

As we all navigate a global pandemic, I can't help but wonder if it will make the holidays even more stressful. On one hand, we're all very used to nothing being normal. Will that cause for a break in traditional expectation?  Then again--with nothing being normal, these holidays could serve as beacons of opportunity to execute whatever "normal" is.

Seeing as the holidays stress ME out, I may not be the professional here--but as we watch the entire world go through times as unprecedented at these, I hope we can all just take a deep breath. The holidays are a time to relax, enjoy one another, and give thanks. Here's to hoping we can all survive them as best as we can, together.

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