Holidays are beautiful. They're a chance for people to come together, set aside their everyday concerns, celebrate the passage of time, stuff themselves silly, and play a lot of board games (at least, that's what I like to do at the holidays). They're full of traditions, generosity, outpourings of love, and other great stuff.
But they can also be awkward. Even if you love and get along with the folks with whom you celebrate—as I do—there's plenty of room for a little holiday tension. Stuff like:
- Your date to the office party ditches you to hang out with your coworkers.
- The dinner conversation turns to your future offspring's religion.
- The traditional pudding the vegetarians just ate turns out to contain suet.
- Your entire extended family finds out you'll be prepping for a colonoscopy the following week.
No, I'm not speaking from personal experience.
Food restrictions can make holidays more awkward. For a few ideas on how to keep them from getting too awkward, read on at Based on a Sprue Story.