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 »

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

The aggressive good cheer of the holidays affects everyone differently: you can get carried along in a tidal wave of joy and eggnog, or it can remind you of what you don’t have: Cleaver-like parents or a significant other to share it all with, let alone one who lets Jon Hamm talk him or her into buying you a Mercedes. And if you’ve suffered a recent loss in your family, the season can be heartbreaking. More »

Christmas In New York City: Expectations Vs. Reality

Christmas In New York City: Expectations Vs. Reality

Before moving to the city, I imagined Christmas in New York to be exactly how it is depicted in films: perfect. I seamlessly blended together the scenes in movies with my understanding of reality. I was so sure that my first Christmas in New York City would see me living in a winter wonderland reminiscent of the ones seen in Serendipity and Home Alone.

How had I been so wrong? More »