It’s common to feel conflicted about holiday celebrations with family. On the one hand, you look forward to being with people you love, good food and laughs. On the other, you know their quirks and that feeling of being 10 years old again, your independence and composure slipping through your fingers. Family is often blind to your accumulated wisdom and responsible actions.
You manage grown adults, large budgets, deadlines, vast jungles of complexities and possibly have been granted a license by the state to do those very things, but around family, you are an idiot who struggles to dress yourself appropriately and get to the bus stop on time. This kind of time travel is unpleasant and can leave you with an emotional hangover that’s hard to kick.
Anticipation of arguments that will never be resolved, exposure to or reminders of various forms of abuse, and temporarily forgotten injustices are part of family life that you may want to talk through and prepare for around the holidays. Boost your emotional immune system with counseling.