You may be thinking…hardly a festive post for Hannukah Christmas Eve! But, actually there is nothing more relevant when ‘tis the season for family togetherness.
For those particularly challenging relationships, we may think that avoidance is the best course of action. And in some cases, especially when it is clear that your thoughts and feelings will be maligned, it is the best course of action. But, where there is a genuine mutual desire to have a healthy relationship, avoidance is definitely not the best course of action.
Let’s be honest—we can only ignore the elephant in the room for so long. So while we’re sipping our egg nog and mulled wine, maybe we can consider that the best gift we can give our loved ones is a dedication to honesty, clearing the heart of resentments, and risking some challenging conversations. A few minutes of discomfort for will give you and your family decades of peace and good will.
Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas!