The holidays can be a hard time because we all have that person in our family tree that we wished had sprung from a different orchard.
Maybe it’s your brother in law who has different political views, and never lets you hear the end of it. You may have a narcissist in your life who ruins all of your events.
Some folks are just difficult, and you may find it frustrating that you’re forced to spend the holidays together in a confined place.
The best Christmas holidays I’ve had were spent on Bondi Beach with a big group of friends. Another year, when I was a flight attendant, I spent Christmas in Mumbai with the airline crew and we had a wonderful time. I had butter chicken for Christmas dinner, it was nontraditional and I loved every minute of it!
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There are always going to be difficult people but you can learn to manage them.
The thing that’s important to remember is that it is your holiday too. COVID may be the perfect excuse to say that you can’t make it this year.
Some folks won’t change their negative ways, but if you do have to spend time together, have a plan in place for how you will deal with the person.
Make sure you schedule in some time for yourself over the holidays, to do the things that you like to do instead of catering to everyone else’s agenda.