Okay, maybe they aren’t happy this year. Maybe you just had a D-Day. Maybe you just blew your whole holiday budget on a divorce retainer. Maybe you’re facing your first Christmas doing the hostage drop-off known as the 50/50 split.
If things suck this year, not to worry — plan ahead. Remember the Pain Is Finite. (Unlike Christmas cookie consumption, which lives on as eternal thigh fat.) Dump the old traditions for some new traditions.
Old tradition: Long drives to dreaded in-laws, checked-out cheater not-so-furtively texting Schmoopie(s), passive-aggressive gift exchanges. (A rectal thermometer? You shouldn’t have…)
New tradition: New pajamas and marzipan for breakfast! Christmas movie marathons with the kids. Volunteering to get out of the house and out of your own head. Dinner parties with friends. Accepting invitations — any invitations — to do things. Paying it forward for new chumps with a kind word online, a phone call, a gift card, or best of all — showing up.
How are you taking the holidays back? What’s your plan?