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A holiday look back: Ghosts of Christmas past

December 24, 2016 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
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Even during the holiday season, friendship quandaries and dilemmas seem to be perennial and evergreen. That’s because the rules of friendship are murky, the roads uncharted.

Both the beginnings and endings of friendships—and everything in-between—vary based on the people involved and the nature of their friendships.

Many of the posts that have appeared on The Friendship Blog during holiday seasons past are still relevant today. Here are links to prior seasonal blog posts that might be of interest or apply to your current situation:

Blue Christmas: When red and green make blue

Many people experience bouts of sadness and loneliness during the holiday season, especially if the year has been one of personal loss. Some houses of worship across the nation sponsor special holiday “Blue Christmas” services to acknowledge this condition and offer support.

Feeling Lonely? 14 tips for getting over the holiday hump

If you are feeling down, you might get inspired by one of these crowd-sourced ideas for getting over the holiday hump.

Should I keep sending Christmas greeting cards to people who don’t respond?

A reader expresses her frustration that despite her sending out many holiday cards, she’s receiving very few of them. What’s your take?

Ten reasons your friend didn’t send you a holiday card

Instead of getting miffed, don’t take it personally if your friend doesn’t send you a holiday card. Here are some possible explanations.

A Facebook Christmas Love Story

This is one of my favorite essays on holiday loneliness written by Walter Kirn. Feeling lonely, the essayist reaches out on Facebook with satisfying results.

Coping with the death of a close friend around the holidays

It’s especially hard to lose a friend around the holidays because compared to the death of a family member, there may be fewer opportunities to reach out for support. A bereavement expert from Vitas Healthcare offers some suggestions to help people better cope.

My Christmas Bailout: An open letter to my friends

The holidays have become so blatantly commercial that many people are opting out. Here are some of the reasons why.

Reader Wisdom: On loneliness over the holidays

This is just one example of the type of support readers on this blog provide to each other 24/7, 365 days a year.

Wishing everyone health and happiness for the coming year!

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  1. LaurenM says:

    Season’s greetings and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year now and for all the years to come Irene; with thanks to you for your wonderful, unique, insightful, helpful, inter-active Friendship Blog.

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