The holiday season can be a bittersweet time, no matter how or if you're celebrating. Sure, it's supposedly "the most wonderful time of the year," but it can actually be difficult for many people to enjoy the holidays. There's the strain on your finances, the tension of family gatherings, the stress to get everything done in time, the grief over missing loved ones — and on top of it all, the pressure to be having fun. It can all be very exhausting.
But if you're having a tough time over the holidays, you're definitely not alone. Despite what the cheery songs and loud commercials are shouting at you, this is not a season in which happiness is guaranteed. It's totally OK if you're not feeling particularly holly jolly this December. You might be gritting your teeth, but you will get through this.
So, in the spirit of the giving, my present to you this holiday season is some solidarity. Here are 10 literary quotes about the difficulties of the holidays that will hopefully put to words some of the complicated feelings you might be experiencing.