I've often found it especially hard to see clearly over the weeks that are referred to by malls and movies alike as "the holidays".
Fellow Ashtangis who maintain an asana practice and a "parenting practice" often refer to parenting as Seventh Series. As I am not a parent, I won't presume to understand the depth of challenges that they uncover. I might though, presume to suggest, that being a daughter, or a cousin, or a niece, or a daughter-in-law, at times too approaches seventh series.
My biggest difficulty with "the holidays" is with my own feeling of murkiness.
Underneath the swells of expectation and disappointment that come and go over these weeks is the steadiness and constancy of practice.