A friend of
mine sent me a note, with a suggestion I talk about this here because it’s such
a common problem.
|"HELP! Am I ruining Christmas?"|
always spent every holiday with my family. This year, I’m not going back for
out of leave and so I can’t take any extra days. Also, work has been hell and I’m just exhausted.
flying home, I’m staying in town and driving twenty minutes to my fiancée’s family
for a quiet dinner.
she understands but I have this awful guilty feeling. Am I ruining Christmas?
know your circumstances are dictating a very sensible decision and your mum
agrees, so where’s the guilt coming from?
that this is a stress reaction inspired by change. You’ve always gone home and
now you’re not. That’s a little unsettling. Also, you’re tired and that tends
to lead to gloomy thoughts where you perceive things in the most negative way
I think you
need to step back and look at the big picture. Before this, you were a single
lady and going home was natural. Now you’re engaged, your life’s changing. This
is the start of the holiday juggle; the bit where you and your future husband
will plan to see both your families over the year’s holidays.
A chat with mum, something along the lines of, “I’ll be getting married soon, and
I’m dreading having to parcel out our holiday time” will help. She had to
do the same and can probably give you some sensible advice. Communicate openly,
and you’ll feel a lot better.
consider that Chinese New Year is coming up in six weeks time and that both
Wesak and Gawai fall over a long weekends as well. So, there are plenty of
holidays coming up.