For families in transition, the holidays often represent one of the most difficult times of the year. Inevitably we are surrounded by reminders of “the holiday season” in public places, on TV and on the radio. The lights, music, gifts and evergreen may seem out of sync with internal feelings and/or may trigger painful memories. As tempting as it may be to deny the existence of the holiday season, avoid it completely, and somehow emerge in January, this fantasy is futile. So the question becomes not how to avoid or deny, but rather:
How can we help ourselves through the season, explore short-term and long-term priorities, and gradually learn to make holidays meaningful once again?