When I watch movies like Christmas Vacation or Four Christmas’s I’m reminded that I’m not the only one that runs into this. I decided to put together a list of 7 tips on how to get through the holidays in one piece!
7 Tips On How To Survive The Holidays
1. Have a talk with your significant other or if alone, yourself. If you’re sharing the holidays with your significant other, it’s important that you both know what to expect from one another’s families. Think of it as a briefing to know what’s going on, what the family dynamics are, what issues might arise and possibly what things not to bring up. For instance, when we went over to my husband’s family Christmas, he briefed me to be careful of the cheesecake because there’s often hair in it. Don’t know if it was grandma’s hair or dog hair, but I knew I wasn’t going to be eating the cheesecake. The same things would apply if you don’t have a significant other, you’re just going to be talking to yourself. But don’t do it in a public place because people will think you’re weird.
2. Set an intention. Before going in, it’s always a great idea to decide how you’re going to show up. It sets your tone. When you walk in the door, the energy and presence you bring is going to be aligned with what you want. Now, you can’t control what other people do but what’s important is that you’re starting things off in the right direction for you!
3. Bring the joy & good vibes. Walk in with a smile and give away as many free hugs as you can. Even if there’s someone you don’t get along with, be sure to break the ice and wish them a merry Christmas. Remember that the energy you bring is most likely going to be the energy you receive. Bring the joy in every room.
4. Have a code word. Might I suggest Mistletoe. Seriously, having a code word is a way to covertly signal your significant other, or the person you’re with, that it’s time to say goodbye and head on your merry way. The last thing you want is for the person you’re with to be sitting there til New Year’s waiting for you to finish your egg nog while they listen to cousin Eddie’s story about the metal plate in his head.
5. Watch your alcohol intake. This is a great tip for almost any social gathering. I know you may be tempted to have that second bottle of wine to power you through the rest of the evening but we all know alcohol reduces self control which can lead to many a situations or statements that are no bueno.
6. Choose your battles. Save the presidential debates for election season. And when brother Joe comments that you’ve put on some extra pounds, just smile and say, “Merry Christmas to you too.” See tip below.
7. Have perspective. Always maintain the perspective that this is only one time a year. No matter what comes up, just know that you can roll with it because it’ll be over soon. And you’ll be glad you did the best thing for you. Don’t let whatever happens take the happy out of your holidays.
I hope these tips help you feel better prepared for your holiday get togethers.
Happy Holidays, you go this!