This photo of my family, would not always have had everyone smiling in it.
Every family has at least one member who is too loud, an Uncle know-it-all, an Aunt over-the-top-out-do-everyone, etc,etc. I am sure you know what I mean. And with the economy as it is, we all need to cut back on our expenses or suffer the bills arriving in January.
Here are some helpful tips for a happy holiday season.
- Make it from your heart...forget the past. This is now, and what is past is just that! past. Let it go and move on.
- Avoid the scenario that brings out the worst in people. If your brother drinks too much, maybe you should just serve a festive punch this year
- Make it a casual day. Everyone is comfortable in jeans, and there's less competition in dressing down for the day.
- Ask everyone to bring their favorite dish for the meal. Then compliment them on their efforts and accomplishments.
- How about gag gifts this year? My dad always used to ask us kids for socks for Christmas. So one year I got him long, striped socks with 5 separate toes. He sure was surprised, and we all got a good laugh.
What was your favorite Christmas gift, and who was it from? How old were you?
Do you have traditions in your family that you would like to share? I'd love to hear them.
I wish you a very happy holiday season...Donna