We use cookies to track usage and preferences. See Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Home > DIVA Magazine > December 15 > 12 Steps to Surviving Christmas

12 Steps to Surviving Christmas

TIRED OF TURKEY? FED UP WITH THE FAMILY? LOOKING FOR SOME MEANING IN IT ALL? ALENA DIERICKX SHARES HER FESTIVE SURVIVAL TIPS

There’s no avoiding Christmas. Regardless of your religion or world views, it’s a great big glittery number each year because it’s the place where all dominant Western values collide into one huge overrated orgy of overindulgence: hetero-normativity, capitalism, family, Christianity. As a counsellor, and from personal experience, I know that Christmas is a difficult time for many people. If “traditional” family doesn’t mean much to you, or you’re single or just not into Christmas, it can be a tricky time. Sometimes, though, with a little planning, or even some serious avoidance, it can be fun, and most definitely worth doing on your own terms. Here are my 12 ways to re-consider the festive season.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of DIVA Magazine - December 15
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - December 15
$5.49
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.00 per issue
SAVE
45%
$35.99
Or 3599 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.33 per issue
SAVE
39%
$19.99
Or 1999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.99 per issue
SAVE
27%
$3.99
Or 399 points

View Issues

About DIVA Magazine

Kristen Stewart tells DIVA what has been going on for her since Twilight, why she's avoiding blockbusters and what life is like for her in the tabloid spotlight. Christmas has come around quickly! Some of us love it, some not so much, so with that in mind for our gift guide, we’ve scoured the land for queer businesses, artists and crafters so you can buy your loved ones gifts and support community businesses while you shop. Because some of us like our Christmas a little different – with the honourable exception of Susan Calman – we asked counsellor Alena Dierickx to help us with a few suggestions on how to take a more innovative approach to the festivities. We’ve a bumper crop of arts-related features this month. From queer Muslim artist Raisa Kabir’s exploration of what it feels like to be both included and excluded by your own communities to author Andrea Stuart’s beautiful and thoughtful coming out story (in extract) . Author/performer Yang-May Ooi reflects on what it means to be a lesbian Asian woman living in the West. Many of us know what it’s like to be affected by homophobic abuse and Louise Carolin’s powerful feature on this issue reflects how, despite significant legal changes, hate incidents persist. Perhaps our experiences of feeling cast out explains why LGBT people are heading to Lesvos to help refugees fleeing persecution, as Mel Steel discovers. Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points