A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Happy Festivus! And in that spirit, this is a little meditation on holiday stress.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And yet, because we put so much pressure on the season, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. So far today, I’ve bitten Matt’s head off twice today and Matt’s snapped at me twice and we’re only halfway through the first day of “vacation”.

I’m sure that before the end of the week someone, maybe me, will have one too many glasses of wine and start an argument about politics or policy. And I expect that there are people who are waiting to take advantage of their whole family being together to unload some grievances or to drop some big news.

My hope for you is that you find moments of peace, and that in those moments you remember to enjoy yourself. Focus on the people you love, focus on the moments of laughter, focus on the effort that people have put into making the season beautiful to show their love for you. Try to put the person who steals the last marbled rye into perspective by taking note of small acts of kindness.

Without putting extra undue pressure on the season, and without establishing unrealistic expectations, my hope for you is that you’ll experience your very own little Festivus miracle: a small moment of pure holiday joy.


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