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5 Signs You Shouldn't Go Home for the Holidays - The Great Escape

5 Signs You Shouldn't Go Home for the Holidays - The Great Escape
From The Kitchn - November 8, 2017

This time of year may be the most magical time of the year. The food, the traditions, the Hallmark movieswhat's not to love? But, then again, how much do you really love turkey? Or your Uncle Bob? Maybe it's time to jingle your bells somewhere else for a change. When seasonal parties, constant social demands, and other holiday time constraints cause anxiety overload rather than make you giddy with anticipation, then you need a winter time-out.

Here are five signs you should let your family deck the halls without you.

1. You have lost that loving feeling.

The holidays can be magical, sure, but they are also the most stressful time of the year, and both depression and anxiety are widespread. If you get stabby imagining "Feliz Navidad" playing in stores for two months, putting the kibosh on your holiday at home might be what your inner-child needs. Get away, experience something completely different, and get your joy for the world back.

2. You are tired of gift-giving.

If you have found yourself trapped by modern gift-giving expectations, maybe you need a clean break from holiday commercialization. Inform friends and family that you are getting out of dodge and wo not be exchanging gifts this year. Chances are they will be grateful tooafter all, that's one less person on their list!

If that seems too radical, make a smaller, more personal gesture, by giving home-baked biscotti or cookies in tins in advance of the holidays, with a little card saying you will be traveling and not gifting this year, but hope your treats hit their sweet spot.

3. You are kind of a Goldilocks when it comes to weather.

If you wilt and wither under summertime furnace-like heat and you are equally miserable when the weather outside is frightful, the holidays may be the optimal time to take advantage of destinations like Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

4. You have recurring dreams of mulled wine and jelly donuts.

5. You'd rather Netflix and chill.

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