At their best, the holidays are a reminder that we are loved and known.
At their worst, they contribute to emotional and mental anxiety more extreme than the kind we experience in our day to day lives.
Sometimes, the extreme ends of this emotional spectrum are experienced within the same day, the same hour, the same minute. And yet still we have some inclination that this time spent with family is not only necessary, but good. These emotionally intense times have the potential for providing us with a context of meaning, a web of significance, in which we can embed our regular, daily life. They help us to experience the mundane as meaningful and the normal as extraordinary.