2. Feisty Families

Families! We can’t live with them and we can’t live without them! Christmas and families don’t always mix it seems.

Will I be with my family, my partner’s family? Will our kids be with us? Will one side or the other be inevitably upset with our choice of who we spend Christmas with? I’m dreading the time I have to spend with the in-laws! I have to spend time with people I hardly ever see or know. There’s awkward family history – how am I going to cope? Why do I always revert to family type when I am around them – I don’t like that part of me! I’m so far away from them and when we DO get together I end up acting in the opposite way that I want – why why why? I hate having to spend time with people who have upset and hurt me. I haven’t seen some of them for years – it’s going to be hard.

All this sounds tough. So how are we going banish this one?
  • Tke some time to consider the fact that you HAVE family. Many people don’t have a family, either because they were an only child or because they have lost them through tragedy. Find the space in your heart to be grateful for what you have despite how it may feel sometimes. Remember the good times and experiences that you have thanks to your family. They’ve made you who you are – would you change that?
  • Approach your family do with a curious mind and try to find out some unknown tidbits of info from them all – you never know what you may find out. Possibly some new found respect and areas of common interest.
  • Use our “clear your head trash” guide to work on all your stresses around your family before you go and see them. You’ll be amazed at the results and how the interactions will change. Try it. It might just work!
  • Cancel. Yep! Tell them you’re not coming. If your family really are as bad as that then why put yourself through such a rubbish experience. Instead, go out and buy all your favourite food, stock up on your favourite books and films and just pig out at home. You deserve it!
  • Do Christmas via Skype – then you can always claim bad broadband connection if things get really bad. Even if you are only upstairs!
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen and help make other families’ Christmas special. If you think your family is a lost cause then focus on helping others. This could be the best gift ever for them and for you.
So, what are you going to do?
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