Christmas is fast approaching. So while you pray for many gifts and shovel snow out of your driveway for the incoming platoon of visitors, there is one thing you probably stress about. Well, not just you, your whole family stresses about it!
Yes, I am of course talking about relatives.
Who can sincerely attest to the existence of fun-loving relatives? Can you? If you can, you are reading the wrong post (look at the title again!). But if you have trouble adjusting to sleeping in the store room and getting food served after the newcomers, these tips might help:
Goes without saying, right? It is a bit like the war zone – one wrong move and your mum will come down on you – harsh! (Think about Home Alone I).
Make sure that any action you take does not directly offend your relatives. They often come bearing gifts (they are the real version of Santa Claus). The last thing you want is to deny yourself the new iPad because you overreacted when they remarked about how slowly you are growing when compared to your cousins. Take it on the chin and just smile. If it gets unbearable, just excuse yourself for a few minutes, till you regain your composure.
Play Some Games
Not war games.
Just normal games.
Festive season usually brings out the best in people, even ahem…older ones. So bring out that old Monopoly board and get everyone involved. Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit are good too. And if you are really clever, you can impress your relatives with some cool answers!
Christmas is not a Turkey-eating competition
You won’t impress anyone with your mad-eating skills. So ease up on the turkey and enjoy it. This is one of the only days in the year when you can impress upon your relatives with your civilized eating habits. Jumping into ham with a sharp-edged knife will scare people away – it might even bring the ham back to life!
So don’t do it. Savor the meal and enjoy a nice discussion with all of the family members.
So Uncle Steve likes the republicans, whereas Auntie Smith prefers the democrats. Is it really worth spoiling your Christmas by bringing up politics? No matter how interested these discussions get, they most nearly end up into bitter arguments. So don’t discuss issues that might be confrontational. In fact, if you see someone drifting towards these ‘untouchable’ topics, just try and persuade them to change the topic, or play a game.
Limit Your Alcohol!
I kid! Drink to your heart’s content. But do not cross the limits beyond which you could lose your composure and say something that you or others might regret, or feel offended by. Festive seasons is joyous, but excessive drinking can ruin the fun for everyone. Don’t be that person. Just enjoy some nice mulled wine, but don’t overindulge.
Ease Up and Fall In
No one wants to be the party-pooper! Real control freaks within us come out in these family gatherings, where we want to make sure everything goes perfectly. Relax! Everyone is there to have a good time, and some accidents can happen. Just don’t try to control everything. By the same token, if you are told to fit in, try to. After all, it is only for a day, how bad can it be?
Is there a golden nugget I have missed? If so, please share in the comments section! Also, this is a good time to come out with embarrassing incidences that you might have encountered at these gatherings.