Topic: Holidays

Growing Up Interfaith Makes December Confusing And Sometimes Lonely

Growing Up Interfaith Makes December Confusing And Sometimes Lonely

I love Christmas, or at least, the idea of Christmas–the warm house full of loving family, roasting s’mores in a fireplace, some beautiful dog to follow me around, and a feeling of belonging. In this scenario, everyone is wearing perfect sweaters, and everyone has had just enough alcohol. But having grown up in an interfaith household, December has always been a somewhat fraught experience. More »

Dread Journal: I’ve Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

Dread Journal: I've Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

I know I’m not special. I know that the holidays are a god-awful time for everyone, everywhere, and so pretending that my anxiety makes Christmas uniquely unbearable for me and not everyone would be silly. All I can say is that some of my very specific anxieties are triggered by the holidays–more specifically, when I spend them with my extended family. More »