I used to experience seasonal depression at this time of year. It can be so challenging, especially when our children also experience similar struggles with anxiety and emotional deregulation. As my children have gotten older and the stressors in our lives have decreased, the holidays have become much easier on our family as a whole. What you are feeling is real and valid and you are not alone. Recognizing the feelings, accepting them when they come, and remembering that they will pass has always helped me get through. Sending my love to all parents and children who struggle during the holidays. There are brighter days to come. The beautiful thing about Spring is that is guaranteed to breath new life into this world, and it has never once failed to show up.