If you decide that attending an in-person gathering isn’t a good option for you or your family, it’s important to cope with your emotions and the emotions of your family members and friends, who may also be disappointed.
“It’s always a good idea to express how you are feeling rather than try to shy away from the discussion,” Partridge says. “By making the difficulty of your decision clear, you can help both yourself and your loves ones feel better about the outcome.”
Similarly, Partridge says, be empathetic if a loved one decides not to attend your annual event or tradition.
“These are challenging times, and people have to make difficult decisions based upon their own unique circumstances,” she says. “Although you may be disappointed with a loved one’s decision, try to offer support and encouragement rather than change their mind or question their thought process.”