A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first share of a piece I wrote for another website. I’m so thankful to be able to share other projects with you like this. I actually have another post to share now, and it’s extremely timely.
Working again as a contributor for Milwaukee Mom, I was able to share something I don’t often talk much about: My complicated history with the holiday season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s on my mind; evidence of the season is all around, and I even released my own book on the subject. I actually am doing more celebrating now than in recent years, but it pales in comparison to the exuberance of my youth.
While my more mellow approach to the season is a very conscious choice, I’m not exempt from feeling like an outsider. And I think it’s important to acknowledge that there are lots of reasons people do or don’t celebrate the holidays, Christmas in particular. Whatever those reasons are, we could all benefit from striving to maintain a warm and welcoming mindset as we bring each year to a close — and look onward to a next one.
As I worked through my memories and thoughts, I was able to write what I think could be a helpful piece for others. You can find it here. Whether it helps you feel less isolated, prompts you to check in on someone, or makes you want to strive for a more inclusive approach to this time of year in general, I hope you connect to it. If you do, please consider giving it a like, comment, and share. Its visibility could be the reason someone else out finds their way through a happier holiday season.
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