One of my favorite holiday movies is the Family Stone. It’s about a family getting together for the holidays. They are messy. Dysfunction exists. What I like about this movie is they accept one another. Not always at first and it’s not always healthy but in the end they are for each other. It paints a picture of what I want for my family, acceptance. Another element of this movie is being who we really are, not trying to be someone we think people want us to be. Consider adding both of these components to your relationships: acceptance and authenticity.
I hope that you have had an enjoyable Hanukkah, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Previous posts in this series: Dreading the Holidays?, Dreading the Holidays: Understanding and Compassion, Dreading the Holidays: Dysfunction with a Dose of Curiosity, Dreading the Holidays: The Power of Peace and Dreading the Holidays: Setting Boundaries