The holiday season has been in full swing the month of December with the main event being celebrated tonight and tomorrow for many people. While December is often a time of parties, joy, and connecting with friends and family, it can be a difficult time for many people. No one gets through life unscathed and the holidays can be a dark reminder of lost relationships or loved ones.
The holiday season can be a make or break time for relationships. Did you know that about 3 weeks before Christmas breakup season starts? Couples might question how serious they are about each other and whether or not they are willing to bring their partner to parties or family functions. Let’s be honest too, gift giving also plays a role in break up season. For relationships that end in December it can make the season feel pretty lonely.
The holiday season can also be extremely difficult for families who have lost a loved one. Family gatherings and parties seem incomplete with dear loved ones missing. My heart goes out to families that have lost children as so much of the season is geared towards them. I would encourage anyone who is missing a loved one to find a way to honor their spirit. Maybe that means setting an extra place at the table, sharing special stories, or lighting a candle in their memory.
If you are struggling throughout this season, know that you are not alone. Whether you are dealing with a lost loved one, a breakup, family drama, no family, or any other stressor please be gentle with yourself. Take a time out remember to look after yourself. Find comfort in those closest to you or reach out to community organization for either assistance or to lend a helping hand. Whatever your situation or beliefs, myself and the staff at PPC wish you peace and joy as you prepare to head into 2015.