I’ve got family back in Ontario and I try to make it home most years for the holidays. Truth be told, a lot of people on the west coast come from other places; it’s the laid-back lifestyle out here that attracts so many transplants. But for that same reason, trips home can be stressful—especially during the holidays. It’s easy to fall out of sync with the people you used to be so close with, and the pressure to get along can be overwhelming. It’s a different pace than you’re used to, especially during the big family get-togethers. Christmas is by far the highest stress of them all, so I made the switch to the much friendlier Thanksgiving years ago, and I’ve never looked back.
The flights are cheaper, the food is better, and there’s none of the awkward gift exchange stuff. It’s a just a great time to relax, rekindle and enjoy each other's company. But you will inevitably find conflict, which is natural, you just have to learn to deal with it. You just need to keep reminding yourself that it’s only a short visit and you’re not there to change anything, or anyone; just be that chill family member from the west coast and cherish your time with your loved ones.
And luckily for you, dispensaries all across the country carry Mary's goods, so call around to a couple of the shops, as they might just have your favourite brownies, gummies and tinctures on hand. If not, I’m sure you’ll find something else good to keep you mellow, and you can always ask them to stock us for next time you’ve got to make that crazy-expensive pilgrimage to the motherland.
Good luck, have fun, and remember to be thankful.