You love your family – just not for extended periods of time. Knowing you’re about to spend 5 days with your family through Christmas, most likely sleeping on a blow-up mattress, is terrifying. This list has some top tips for surviving your family this Christmas.
Top Tips To Survive Your Family This Christmas:
- Don’t engage in drama
- Encourage board games
- Catch up with old friends
- Offer to help
- Don’t be afraid to take time to yourself
- Speak to people one-on-one
- Get some exercise
- Drink, in moderation
- Write your family tree
- Remember that your family loves you!
1. Don’t engage in drama
We all have an opinion, and some members of the family like to poke until they get a reaction. Whether it’s your brother reminding you about the time you passed out during a horror film, or your Uncle questioning you about Brexit and the state of the government, it’s best to stay far far away from drama. Getting into a fight with someone will be the one of the longest lasting memories of that Christmas and, trust me, your Mum will bring it up again next year.
2. Encourage board games
Let’s face it, by boxing day, you’re running out of things to say to each other. Board games, if chosen well, are a great way to end the small-talk and still have a great time together. But rather than the generic games like monopoly, why not try something new, like What Came First? or Exploding Kittens? Just make sure that everyone in the family can join in (or be on your team).
3. Catch up with old friends
If you’re going ‘home’ for Christmas, maybe back to your parents or home from Uni, catching up with old friends is a great way to break the monotony. Plus, when you get back, you can catch your Mum up on what the old gang are up to!
4. Offer to help
Whether it’s washing dishes, ensuring the grandparents’ glasses are filled or keeping children busy, there’s lots of things to can do to help over the Christmas period. Sure, you’re being hosted, but I bet the host (usually she!!) is exhausted from getting everything ready in the run up. So go on, make yourself useful!
5. Don’t be afraid to take time to yourself
If it’s all getting too much, don’t be afraid to take some time to yourself. Whether it’s an extra hour in bed in the morning, or reading a book in an armchair, your family will understand that you need a break. If they’re not quite getting it, offer to walk the dog or go for a run!
6. Speak to people one-on-one
Busy lives mean we often don’t get as much time as we’d like with our favourite Aunt or Cousin. Take this chance to chat to your family one-on-one, make sure they’re okay and happy in their lives. It will lead to closer relationships and, hopefully, you’ll look forward to spending time with them in future!
7. Get some exercise
Whether you escape for a run or go to a local leisure centre as a family, it’s amazing what the effects of exercise can have on people! You can even find a local gym and join it for the couple of days it’s open between Christmas and New Year – imagine how empty it would be! After a bit of exercise, you’ll find yourself both feeling better when you get back to the house and sleeping better on that blow-up mattress.
8. Drink, in moderation
So long as no one indulges too much, a glass of bucks fizz at 6pm makes dopamine levels go up and the stress levels come right down. There’s a reason why alcohol is in the middle of so many social situations, and this is a great time to take advantage of it!
9. Write your family tree
This is an especially great activity if you’re around older grandparents or children at Christmas – find out about your ancestors. Who were they, what were they like, were they like you? It’s a great time to find out where you came from and even make a start on the family tree!
10. Remember that your family loves you!
Spending time with your family can be an absolute nightmare, but remember, they invited you, which means they love you and want you there!