Christmas is when many of us spend time with family; some of us are wildly excited, some are ambivalent and some are totally dreading it. Talking to people, you get the feeling that it ‘tis the season for family fights’, rather than the season to be merry. Whether you have the aunt who always drinks a little too much, the grandma that criticises everything, ( especially your children), or the sibling who refuses to pitch in and help, everyone seems to have that relative they really want to avoid. While Christmas is a time for family gathering, putting people with different views about life in a room together can create a minefield just waiting to explode. Add some alcohol and holiday stress into the mix and it becomes even more toxic. The calendar dictates that we should spend the day with those people who happen to share strands of our DNA, so many people wind up feeling lonely, isolated and depressed because of a lack of close family, newly weds are torn over which family to spend the day with, or people are hurting over the loss of a loved one during the year.
Whatever your situation may be, I hope you have a happy day and manage to avoid all conflict! I’m super excited this year because my son is catching Santa’s sleigh and will be home on Christmas Night, after spending time in Germany studying. My husband, his twin brother and I will be heading to the airport on Christmas afternoon to eagerly await his arrival.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas wherever you are, and whoever you are with…
“ I wish I could relate to the people I’m related to “