On Being highlights our tendency toward stressing over family gatherings, holidays included.
Courtney E. Martin writes (excerpt):
You may have a boatload of angst over something even more basic . . . whether your family even constitutes a family in the first place.
Here’s the punch line to the whole thing: everyone’s family is screwed up and there is no typical family.
Your family is whichever motley crew of dysfunctional humans you love so damn much you would do anything for, including being driven crazy by them. . . . Your family is your breaking point and your healing refuge. Your family is your best chance to be known.