What people are really thinking about going home for the holidays

Holiday season is rapidly approaching, which is exciting for several reasons -- it means gifts, time off of work and, of course, family time. Nearly everyone has off of school or work in order to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's however they want to. This generally leads to family gatherings, small and large, to celebrate with food, loved ones and more food.

Although holiday season and family time is always perfect and peaceful in theory, that isn't a reality for everyone. While many people revel in family get-togethers, the stress of traveling, taking time away from the office and even seeing certain relatives can negatively impact what the holidays are really like.

Several people took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to reveal how they really feel about family time during the holidays.

The holiday season can bring you back to your roots:

Sometimes you don't even realize how much you've missed your family until you're home:
Getting to see my family during the holiday season isn

There's nothing more special than a close, comfortable family dynamic:
The best things about the holidays are relaxing with my family and laughing together.

Holidays might make you wonder why your family get togethers are only semi annual:

Just because you left work doesn't mean work has left you:
I have mixed feelings about the holidays. My family is awesome and I love spending those days with them... but I also work in retail and customers get so crazy this time of year.

The holidays might make you remember why you left home in the first place:
Sometimes when I visit my family for the holidays I feel like a guest not a relative. I want to fit in with them.

Being the host isn't always easy:
I love my family but having them visit me during the holidays can be stressful. There

It's important to remember that fighting and loving aren't mutually exclusive:

Being home can bring back the sweetest childhood memories:
The holiday season is my favorite time of year. It always brings out the kid in me! I don

Having time to spend with your family is a gift in itself:

It can be hard to separate the stress of holiday season from the specialness of family time:
The holidays are no longer fun...These days it

Having a sense of appreciation often results in a mature sense of wisdom:

For more real thoughts on going home for the holidays, check out Whisper.​

Watch this video to find out how to avoid traveling stress during the holidays:

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