Holidays Bring Family Together AND Strain Family Relationships
Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving provide opportunities for multiple generations of family to get together, once again, to spend time, celebrate, catch up, and otherwise reconnect.
We live in such a busy world that we spend less and less time with our extended families, so it's important to get the most out of our get-togethers.
The Dark Side Of Family Holidays
People either look forward to these "reunions", depending on their past experiences, but also for other valid reasons.
Below you'll find some help with making your Christmas and Thanksgiving times together a more positive experience, but before that consider:
- Families dispersed geographically and whose members see each other rarely do not automatically become free of conflict and irritation. It's easy to forget that the past still exists, even if there is less frequent contact. Family 'baggage" doesn't go away.
- Holiday time is stressful for most people, despite the good feelings they bring. There is much to be done, and often a feeling of pressure to be "ready" for the holidays.
- Alcohol is often a part of our celebrations, and the disinhibitions that brings results in people becoming a little too relaxed, and free with their criticisms and words.
- Travel over the holidays, something that is quite frequent, is tiring, frustrating, and leaves holiday travellers worn out, and even jet lagged making them less able to cope with the little slights and conflicts common in families.
How to Avoid Holiday Family Fights
How to deal with various types of family members over the holidays. Covers the slacker, the constructive criticizer, cheerleader and others.
Six ways to avoid fights over the holidays
Stress is high, and conflicts and frictions abound over the holidays. Here are some tips on how to avoid and prevent fights during Christmas and Thanksgiving.