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Cory Silverberg

Christmas Sex Survival Guide

By December 21, 2009

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Whether you celebrate it or not, if you live in the West you have an experience of Christmas. I was raised in what gets charitably referred to as a "fractured family" which meant, among other things, several of my formative Decembers were spent with a Christmas tree (I mean literally, it was just me and the tree). The story we're told about the holidays is that it's about family and friends, being grateful and carefree. For the lucky among us this may be true. But for many more it isn't. We may be surrounded by people and still feel completely alone. Or we may really be alone; physically, mentally, emotionally.

Sex is not a cure all. Nor do I believe that you just need to learn to love yourself a little more and then everything will be okay. But I do think that whatever our circumstances, we could probably all use a little more love. And the kind of love that's communicated through sexual touch can be powerful. It can come from the touch of another or our own loving touch on ourselves.

While it won't work for all of you, for some sex (doing it, thinking about it, laughing about it) can offer a little love and peace in an otherwise messed up holiday season. Sometimes the goal is really just to survive something.

A Christmas Sex Survival Guide

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