It’s that time of year again. The time of year when Hallmark Channel kicks off 24-hour a day “fantasy” holiday movies.
Holiday time is portrayed in commercials, television shows and of course movies as a wonderfully happy, joyous time surrounded by love ones and the one scrooge that comes around in about an hour to join with the others. “Real life” never measures up to the expectations we have consciously or unconsciously. .
Memories of holidays past – difficult or good – play a major role in how life unfolds. We remember the sad and the happy that no longer exists. We tend to eat, drink and party too much if invited or eat, drink and sit home alone depressed if not.
How do you cope with the holidays? What tools can you use to be “part of” rather than “apart from”? Knowing yourself and planning is a great place to start.