While the holidays are a joyful time for some people, it is important to remember that for many others they can be emotionally challenging. Some people may feel burned out from the stress and expectations of holiday social events or feeling the effects of the shorter daylight hours. For others, the holidays can trigger memories of difficult childhoods or family and friends who have passed away. Many people might have loved ones that are currently sick or suffering. When offices are closed during the holidays, home visitors may feel additional anxiety about not being available for families during difficult times.