gratitude-a-thon day 2045: it’s that time: to be extra nice

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It’s that time of year. And depending on the tone you use to say that sentence, it can mean drastically different things. Like, if you’re all enthusiastic and bubbly and jumping out of your pale winter skin when you say it, it means you probably kill at a holiday party, you have all your gifts wrapped by August and you actually like fruitcake. But, if you say it with an Eyore cadence, and an eye-roll, you probably aren’t not ok with all the ho, ho, ho.

The holidays are a mixed bag (and we’re not talking Santa’s sack). On the one hand, there are plenty of parties and lots of family together time. But what if your dance card is empty and you don’t have family, or you’ve lost family, or are just going through a bad time in general, or you’re having money problems, or you’ve got Instagram envy, or you think you’re about to be impeached? Well, then the holidays can be one of the worst times of the year.

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So, while I’m super grateful for the holiday love around me, this time of year really makes me miss my mom (because it’s when she was diagnosed and when, many years later, she died) and so some days I am singing the Hallelujah chorus during December and sometimes I feel like Charlie Brown’s sad sack Christmas tree.

So, be extra nice to people this time of year. Because there are lots of reasons that the holidays can be hard. And you don’t want to be one of them.

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