A Tale of Three Birthdays in 10 Years in New York

I have never been the kind of person who insists on celebrating my birthday, though a big part of that stems from the fact that my birthday falls on Christmas.

What It’s Like to Quit Your Job During the Holidays

I remember the exact moment I decided to quit my job.

The Digital Wish List

Holiday shopping has become about giving people exactly what they ask for.

Running Away for the Holidays

I ran away for Thanksgiving. Far away.

Celebrating the Holidays When You Can’t Afford Them

This holiday season I’ve had to say no to a lot of things—but it’s opened me up to say yes to other, more important things.

Coworker Gift Exchanges and the Aggressively Generic Present

I will say right now that I dislike the institution of the coworker present exchange.

Do Experiences Make Better Presents? Not Necessarily

I asked five people in my life how they’d feel if I gave them experiences instead of presents this year.

Why My Fiancé and I Set Gift Allowances for the Holidays

It’s not that I hate Christmas. It’s just that I’m one of the many people for whom the holiday season brings a surge of depression and anxiety rather than a rush of joy.

A Holiday Party Open Thread

It’s Holiday Party Week, so I’m curious how all of your holiday parties are going.

The Cost of Holiday PTSD

To handle the schedule, the dreams, the recurring yet inconsistent terror, I arrange my life as predictably as I can.