You look forward to spending time with your closest friends and family. You enjoy the comfort that comes from being with people who have known you for many years. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to just be yourself.
But if you feel a pain in the pit of your stomach just thinking about certain topics being raised, you're not alone. Perhaps one of your best childhood friends has different political beliefs, or your parents want religion to play a different role in your life, or there's a long-standing resentment with your siblings that never seems to truly go away.
You believe that love is more important than what you tell yourself are "petty differences of opinion," and yet you struggle to just let things go.
All you really want is simply to enjoy being together. You want it to be easy to talk and laugh and have fun.
If certain conversations seem to spoil your time together, here are some things to think about.