Sometimes clients tell me that their expectations for holidays don't pan out.
The vision many have of being with family, extended family and friends conjures up happy, warm feelings.
Yet in reality when families get together at holiday times, conflict, disappointment and difficulties arise which are unplanned and unexpected.
What are some options when this happens?
1. Realign one's expectations
2. Reframe what holidays mean
3. Use patience and understanding as tools to enjoy family members
4. Be honest with oneself about the true meaning of holiday-togetherness
5. Speak one's truth
6. Seek help