How to Celebrate the Christmas Season Without Having a Meltdown
The Christmas season is one filled with love, gift-giving and cheer! Like many families everywhere, people would come together during the holidays to celebrate them in the presence of the people they love.
However, the holidays also means that you might see people that you don’t like, or unexpected meltdowns among family members might happen. But don’t worry – we’ve got some tips to keep the holidays happy!
Limit the stress of gift giving.
Not everyone has the cash to fork over on Christmas, so talk about setting a hard limit on gifts – or just don’t enforce gift-giving at all! Have family members who are far away? Make them feel connected by sending them a video message instead of a present.
You can also use tech to make sure they’re enjoying their time with friends and family this season. For example, have them send photos – or even video messages – back home so you can see what they’re up to while they’re away from home.
Set some reasonable boundaries on your time and attention.
Set some reasonable boundaries on your time and attention. You can’t be everywhere all at once on Christmas Day, so it’s best to have boundaries on what you can do. Plan ahead what you’re going to do with each family member.
If you’ve got children, set aside time for them to open presents together – maybe they could even open them in turn rather than all at once? If there are elderly relatives who don’t get out much, offer to take them for a walk or drive around town – even just a few hours out will keep them from getting cabin fever!
Insist that everyone have their own space if possible.
Insist that everyone have their own space for Christmas day, if possible. A kids’ table separate from everyone’s table, or grouping families together is one great way to keep tensions low. Be realistic about your expectations—not everyone will be able to get along all the time!
If someone isn’t being nice or contributing to your celebration, don’t hesitate to ask them to leave if they’re making things uncomfortable for you or others in your home. You don’t have to put up with their bad behavior just because it’s Christmas!
Agree on house rules in advance.
It’s important to agree on house rules in advance so that everyone knows what’s expected of them and how they can help make the season as enjoyable as possible for everyone. You might want to consider setting a time limit for decorating, for example.
You might also want to decide who cleans up after themselves when it comes to food preparation, cleanup, and dishes. If you’re planning on having guests over for Christmas dinner, then it’s a good idea to talk about what time they’ll be arriving before they book their flights or trains.
Plan activities for everyone to do together.
Plan activities for everyone to do together. Christmas is about gift giving, but people will get bored if it’s just gifts and dinner. A few games, some drinks, and a fun get-together activity will be great! Keeping everyone engaged is key to making this holiday fun.
Consider serving appetizers instead of full meals or making sure that there are plenty of options for kids who might not be able to sit through an entire sit-down dinner without getting bored or antsy. This way, people will have more time to interact.
Don’t forget to keep yourself and your partner first!
Don’t forget about your partner! It’s easy to get caught up in all the goodies of Christmas, but remember that this time is supposed to be about spending quality time together—not finishing off all those cookies before they have time to cool down.
If you’ve got a small gathering of close friends and family, make sure to set aside some time just for yourselves. Whether that means going out for dinner at a fancy restaurant or staying in with take-out and Netflix (or both!)
Be flexible about plans.
Christmas is a time for family, but it can be stressful when your loved ones are spread out across the country. Be flexible about plans – Christmas is celebrated everywhere, and that means different people will have different plans. Remember – sometimes plans just fall through!
If you’re traveling, try to book flights that arrive at least one day before Christmas so you have time to recover from jet lag and get organized before the big day arrives. If you can’t do this, try not to stress out about it too much!
Be positive about other people’s families and traditions.
Be positive about other people’s families and traditions. Christmas is an inclusive holiday, but some people and cultures do not celebrate it. Make sure to keep that in mind! Of course, don’t forget to have fun! Holidays are meant to be happy times for everyone involved.
You might even want to plan ahead and bring snacks for your kids so they won’t get hungry during dinner or while watching their favorite movie on TV later that night after everyone goes home again!
These tips can help you avoid a family Christmas meltdown and still have fun!
The holidays are an important time of year for family and friends, but it can also be a time of stress and resentment. Whether you are hosting Christmas dinner at your home this year or simply attending it at someone else’s house.
The idea of pulling it off while keeping your sanity intact can seem daunting. But don’t worry, there are going to be ways to steer clear of all that yuletide drama and still create meaningful holiday moments.