Christmas is a time of excess, and with so much food, festivity and family in the same place things are always bound to become intense. When family issues or feuds are continually swept under the carpet, it is often likely they will rise to the surface come Christmas Day.
Try these 5 tips to minimise fuss and fighting and ensure the merriment of the whole family on December 25th.
Begin with the right attitude
Attending a family gathering with your insults prepared in the back of your mind is never healthy. Come in with a clear mind and positive attitude and people may surprise you. Remember it is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, so a positive attitude of your own will rub off on other people.
Come prepared with jokes and games to lighten the mood Just like children need to be constantly entertained, so do some adults. If the conversation is light and flowing it makes it harder to dwell on past problems or nit pick at family members. Just ensure your jokes are slightly better then the ones you pull out of the bonbons.
2) Low key gifts
Have a Kris Kringle to minimise expense and fuss Kris Kringle is the easiest fuss-free way to enjoy all the merriment of gift-giving without the ridiculous expense. Whilst the person you buy for is usually picked out of a hat, it may be easier to delegate someone to oversee the pairing of everyone to ensure the gift-giving runs smoothly.
3) Don’t be controversial
Avoid disagreeable topics such as politics or religion Topics such as these present a hurdle no matter what type of group you have gathered. Christmas is a time to keep things light and joyful, so stay away from debates or any topics that are likely to divide a group.
4) Keep it short
Time spent with family is always important, and much more bearable when there is an end in sight. Rather then opening your house as an all day drop in centre come Christmas Day, schedule a breakfast, lunch or dinner gathering. People are more likely to make the most of their time there and will know when it is appropriate to leave, reducing the likelihood of family members overstaying their welcome.
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