An entire industry exists to promote family in its most superficial forms. Every holiday season, there’s another barrage of Hallmark movies and songs and commercials to send the same message: If you don’t have a big, happy family, your life is sad and meaningless. This is why millions of us trod home to abusive families, for more abuse.
Yup. That's the absolute worst. Too many people buy into it.
Tell some random person Christmas is just you and your kid and it's pretty much inevitable -- oh you poor thing, I feel so sad for you.
They don't really, of course. Doling out pity is often a passive kind of superiority.
Thanks for writing this.