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The Holiday Survival Guide

The last few months of the year can be a great and fun time for many people. Many of people’s favorite holidays take place during this time of year, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and many more! Many of these celebrations involve music, food, family, and friends, among other various traditions and customs. 

Many people, however, aren’t as lucky to enjoy these times. Whether that be because of poverty, unaccepting parents, or just family they don’t get along with. I decided to write this article because I, along with the others at WUSC, recognize that not everyone has the same privilege, and I believe that it should be addressed. With that being said, here is my guide for surviving the holidays!

  1. Keep your family close, but your friends closer

Everyone loves spending time with the friends they made in college, but during times like Thanksgiving and Christmas, many college students have gone home or left town for the break. It is always good to have at least a few friends who you feel comfortable talking about anything with, and have a group chat, either via texting or a messaging app such as Discord, where you can share your experiences, good and bad

2. Give yourself a break and/or alone time

This rings especially true if you’re going to be with family members that you don’t necessarily get along with. Even the most extroverted people you can meet will need their alone time sometimes, so be sure to give yourself a break every now and then. Go to the bathroom, go to your room, go outside, and spend a few minutes with yourself. Breathe, listen to music, or do whatever you feel you need to do for that period. It is also important to remember that it is okay to say no for any reason that you’re feeling!

3. Find your own meaning for this time, or make one

Many holidays take place during this time of year, but there are also many different meanings for each of them as well. If you don’t relate to what people generally say are the meanings of these holidays, then find your own meanings and start appreciating the positive things in your life, no matter how small. Whether it be friends, family that you enjoy, games, movies, or even music!

The holidays are great times for many people, but it can also be a hard time for others. Whatever holidays you celebrate, whether with friends, family, or a bit of both, always remember to take care of yourself, and do whatever feels right for you!

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