Wow, where did this year go!? I think I am ready to say goodbye to 2017, it’s definitely been a wonky year! I am not sure if I am looking forward to Thanksgiving or not…It used to be one of my favorite holidays as my siblings would come home, we would have the aunties and cousins over and it was a great time of family togetherness.
In more recent years though, it seems to becoming a polarizing holiday. Stores are opening on this once traditionally family day to entice us to get our Christmas shopping done before the crowds hit – Black Friday! Our family too, is very scattered and we don’t always make the effort to be together.
The other challenge I find with this day is if seems to be the gateway into the days celebrating coupledom. As an older single adult, this becomes an emotional time. I don’t have children or significant to buy gifts for and while some of my friends and I exchange gifts, it’s not an engrained tradition. I also find this time of year to be the tunnel of togetherness holidays culminating at the ultimate one “Valentines Day”. To be frank, it’s a very emotional time of year. It seems during the “dark” days of winter, these togetherness days can really take their toll.
However, I would really rather they not take me out completely. I think I am going to try to make a point of calling on people who I know are in a similar boat, trying to add some love and cheer back into the community – rather than getting sucked into the vacuum of loneliness. With that, I am going to start today by making a phone call to someone who can at times, be a bit dower. Here is to being a light at the end of the tunnel!