We all know that the true meaning of the season is the birth of Christ. It is a time to come together despite differences and fellowship as a family. This year Christmas came early for us. My kids have a few things under the tree but we are celebrating so much more. As you prepare for your Christmas celebrations here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure you have enough wine. Now that I have your attention, let’s move on.
- Have a game plan before you arrive. Especially if you have to make multiple stops that day.
- If you are bringing a dish to share be sure to label your dish so that you can get it back just in case you forget it.
- If you are bringing a bottle of spirits. Please leave it and don’t be ghetto fabulous and take it with you when you leave.
- Smile: it never fails that someone will bring up the past or make a comment to strike a nerve. This year just smile and don’t let them know they got to you.
- Monitor your children. We wants the kids to have fun and hopefully they have a designated place to do that. If Mom Mom has her fragile Christmas items out beware accidents can happen. And you will hear about it all night if something breaks.
- Start a new tradition: At our next family function I want to bring a blank 2017 calendar and have my relatives fill in their birthdays. Now I will have all of the birthdays and won’t forget. This is helpful for those not on Facebook.
- Don’t bring up the election.
- Capture the moments and the excitement with your cell phone. Then put it away, you can post the pictures later. You know you need time to crop/photoshop and add filters anyway.
- If a family argument arises or you see one brewing. Put on Celebration by Kool and The Gang and dance it out.
- Enjoy the day even if it is a struggle and you are hurting. Look around the room at the people in your life and count your blessings. Others would love to be in your spot. If you find yourself alone on Christmas day. You are welcome to celebrate with me.