Question Time: The Holidays
Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable.
It’s the holiday season, which means that many of us are attending parties, family and friends gatherings, and so forth. Inevitably for some of us, the holidays are an issue.
I recently had a classic example.
I was at a large party of old friends, and someone brought out a camera. I said “please do not use the flash, flashes are a migraine trigger for me.” This is not the first time I have said this. This is an established and known fact about me. All of my friends have been asked, repeatedly, not to use a flash around me. At every social gathering, I seem to be forced to say this yet again.
And yet, this person went ahead and took pictures, with flash, and said “I thought it didn’t matter” when I asked what in blazes made this person think that would be a good idea.
Only one person ever remembers not to use flash around me, and to remind others not to use flash. She also happens to be someone who gets migraines.
I do not think this is a coincidence.
So, here’s my question, inspired by this experience: FWD readers, how do you deal with the holidays?
How do you deal with asking for accommodations at social gatherings? How do you do the holidays, if you do them? Do you have some holiday success or horror stories? Do you have tips/tricks you think other FWD readers might benefit from?