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Alex Alexander



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Five Ways to Connect with Friends During the Holiday Season

• 21 min

I used to be a bit of a Grinch around the holidays. My family of origin story is not the best – and in fact, this season used to give me panic attacks. Luckily, I’m well past those days, and part of the reason is I began spending the holidays with friends! For a long time, I tried to be subtle about my lack of holiday plans, casually asking friends what they were doing, seeing if they’d invite me. But once I was finally HONEST about my situation – saying something along the lines of, “I don’t want to go home for the holidays. Can I go with you instead?” – it completely changed the holidays for me. This is typically a family-forward season, which is great, but you probably have other people in your life who you’d like to make memories with during the holidays. So, for today’s episode, I’ve compiled a list of tips for how to make time with friends this time of year. In this episode you’ll hear about: Five ways to connect with your friends this holiday seasonWays to “opt out” of the things you’re not interested in or would feel burdened by  How traditions can actually save time and help you feel like you belongThree different formats to create a tradition (pick it all, pick a date, create a series)Doing “the necessary” to-do list items with friends (for example, holiday shopping, wrapping presents) instead of going at it aloneHow to make sure you or your friends have a place to go for the holidays Resources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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