'Mom, we need to talk.' Why some people don't want to go home in December – it's not just about money

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There's no two ways about it – some families are just plain toxic, which is why many people are choosing to create their own communities with whom they spend the festive season.
There's no two ways about it – some families are just plain toxic, which is why many people are choosing to create their own communities with whom they spend the festive season.
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You look at the blue icon on your cellphone screen as the festive season approaches, anxiety levels already rising.

"Should I take a social media fast for the next two months or just block everything that couldn't potentially trigger me?" you think.

You're not alone if you're one of those people who dread the deluge of Christmas festivities centred around conventional ideas of family. For some, the festive season's approach is something to dread as it means time spent with people who make you feel bad about yourself.

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