I have found it's getting easier each year as I align with what's real for me. This year's proclamation to my sisters that I wasn't buying gifts was heard as me not engaging in any family festivities....some emotional triggers were set off but I was able to calmly and lovingly talk about what is meaningful and what isn't. I'm creating a new family tradition of a sleigh ride together with hot beverages afterwards. It's fun to hear family members talk about looking forward to it. Haven't mastered the resistance to sugary treats so I'm well-armed with vegan goodies to bring to our gatherings. The single most helpful practice I engage in is the Openhand creed of tuning in to how I'm feeling, bringing awareness to how it's serving my higher good! Much love to all xo