You do not have to show up at unsafe parties even if it makes other people sad, this year or any year.
Open thread! Tell us tales of holiday cheer or woe.
Hello, Captain, Quick aside: I really like your switch to allowing comments only on select posts. It makes the whole site somehow calmer and more inviting. Being able to read your writing without the distraction of subconsciously wondering what sharp poky things might turn up at the bottom is relaxing in a way I wouldn't … Continue reading #1242: “What’s a helpful holiday gift for my 10YO niece who has crappy parents?”
Hey Captain, I was hoping I could still get some assistance with a minor but ongoing irritation in my life. I am Jewish, and I live in the Midwest, and that is awkward. I'm almost always the only Jewish person in my social circle, workplace, etc. Eleven months out of the year, this is a … Continue reading #1064: Christmas Help For A Non-Christian
Dear Captain, This problem is tough to describe without getting perilously close to breaking the “no diet talk” rule, but I’m hoping I’m describing it neutrally enough that you can still help: my mother (almost 60) has a lifelong obsession with “health”, and it’s getting worse, and I’m worried what will happen if I don’t … Continue reading #1055: Holidays in “Health” Hell
Dear Captain Awkward. You have advised that a person does not “owe” anyone else their time, friendship, or anything, and I agree with this. However, I am struggling with being on the receiving end of this. My mother-in-law stopped speaking to me. And I feel SO MUCH anger and hurt over this; I have been … Continue reading #530: Annual Holiday Reminder: You Don’t Have to “Celebrate” With People Who Treat You Like Crap