Thanksgiving can be a tough time of the year for a lot of people. Whether you are without your family, struggling financially, or dealing with difficult family members, the holiday might not be as joyous as you intend it to be.
Today's post will go over four things you should remember when celebrating Thanksgiving:
1. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AROUND TOXIC PEOPLE
I remember going over to my dad's mother's home for Thanksgiving and there was always an issue every year. One year, my cousin brought her boyfriend who had been physically abusing her. Another year (this could have been at Christmas), someone was smoking weed outside.
To me, that part of my family was and is toxic, so I don't visit them anymore. You should never feel obligated to see anyone. It hurts my heart that some people even go to Thanksgiving dinners with their abusers because they're expected to. Do yourself a favor and address the concerns or hang back and celebrate on your own.
2. YOU DON'T HAVE TO ENGAGE IN DEBATE THAT YOU KNOW WILL RESULT IN ARGUMENTS
Your family should respect you just as much as they respect your Uncle Judd. If they don't, then you have every right to make yourself comfortable.
3. IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO CELEBRATE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING
Each invitee would bring a side or dessert so that you can all share the financial burden of the holiday.
4. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE A GOOD DEAL