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Searching for the formula for holiday time with family
A grandma wants her son and his family to sleep over for the holidays, but the son and his spouse disagree on whether that’s “fair.” Instead of giving advice on how to deal with Grandma, Carolyn zooms all the way out and gets to the crux of the issue: their marriage.
A blue Christmas — and Thanksgiving — without extended family
Carolyn asks the letter writer — whose sister just broke the news that she won’t host the family’s usual holiday gatherings — to pay their 30-year tradition forward instead of wallowing in the disappointment.
When loved ones act as if they don’t give a lump of coal
A letter writer is tired of being married to the biggest Grinch, which makes the holidays feel like “trudging uphill with him on my back.” Carolyn suggests bringing the same Christmas spirit as always this year, but donating it to a more receptive audience instead of watching it fall flat at home.
A Jewish colleague and the gift of understanding
A boss who enjoys giving gifts to employees at Christmastime is stumped by how to handle a gift for a Jewish assistant. Carolyn and some of her readers suggest some more neutral and sensitive ways to show employee appreciation.