- Make sure that family members understand that this is a difficult time and why.
- Ask certain family members that you trust to stay aware of the forecast in the room and to keep an ear out for questionable kid conversation. We all (possibly) have that one insensitive person that will ask the annoying kid questions (i.e. When are you going to have kids? You’re clock is ticking.) or make insensitive statements (i.e. ‘Just let it go.’ ‘At least fill in the blank.’).
- If it’s a situation when gifts are being opened, find out if the kids can have their prior to your arrival so you have to feel like the odd one out.
- Stay home and have a lovely time with your spouse.
- Plan an amazing vacation to Anywheresville, stick your toes in the sand, and have a Margherita or five.
Who doesn’t love A Charlie Brown Christmas?! I literally begin to cry everytime I hear Christmas Time is Here. Take a listen. (Click on the highlighted song title…you can do it!)
This is a time where we can be consumed with the “holiday seasonal flu,” i.e., running around and getting presents, cooking, decorating,
trying to find egg nog at the last minute, etc. Some of us also think of loved ones who are away and couldn’t make it this year, loved ones who have passed away, and loneliness. What I’d submit to you is, invite someone who has no family or no where to go to join yours. Share love, laughter, and joy with them. Think fondly of those who have passed on and celebrate their life. Hug your mom, dad, brothers, sisters, children, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, god children, and friends. Tell them you love them and have a wonderful time. Appreciate the life you have today. If you have a car, a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and food to eat, you are more well off than others.
The best gift you could give or receive is Love.
Merry Christmas, Friends.