Thanksgiving is right around the corner, quickly followed by all the other holidays.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, or National Eggnog Day (yes, it's a thing!) it's possible you may be dreading some, or all of it.
You may not be in the holiday spirit. And that's OK! Getting together with family over the holidays can be stressful, and unpleasant for some people, and many struggle to get through the holiday season for various reasons.
Having a "happy holiday" or a "very merry Christmas", may not come easily to everyone.
With shorter days and more darkness during the winter months, it can cause seasonal affective disorder, causing depression, and there are many other reasons why it may not be the most wonderful time of the year!
You may have recently lost a loved one and will be feeling the impact even more during the holiday, perhaps choosing to visit their grave, rather than attend a party. Every one mourns in their own way. Give yourself the grace to do what feels right for you.
Perhaps you have separated recently, ended a relationship, or finalized a divorced, and find yourself spending the holidays alone for the first time in many years. Perhaps you are finally an empty nester. If so, take some time to figure out what you truly want going forward, and create some new traditions for yourself.
Or you may be visiting a friend or family member in a home, or hospital, and find yourself discovering a new normal for the holiday while simultaneously grieving what you wish you could have had this holiday season.