Do you know what the best part of the Christmas season is? It is being together with members of our family.
Do you know what the worst part is? It is being together with members of our family.
It would be funny if it weren’t true. Right?
The stress of being with family at Christmas
We know that the Christmas season is family time but sometimes there is a lot of stress when it comes with being with family. It seems that all the imperfections of our family all of a sudden become difficult to digest.
In fact, because of past mistakes in our relationships, the relationships may be more known for anger, heartache and confusion rather than peace and good will.
This can make for some very difficult and hurtful situations if we are not careful.
An example from my life
After a couple of years of being married, Lauren and I spent Christmas with my entire family. All my siblings (and their significant others and kids) came together at my parent’s house. It was a full house to say the least.
One of things that my family enjoys doing together is playing games. The problem is though, we are all very competitive. The long and the short of it is, we started playing a game called Poleconomy and it got ugly very fast.
Feelings were hurt.
Relationships were strained.
And it was all over a silly board game.
We can all laugh about it now but it was no laughing matter at the time.
It doesn’t have to be this way though!
2 ways to make being with family this Christmas less stressful
Over the next two posts I want to share two ways to make being with family this Christmas less stressful. I am not guaranteeing no stress but I do believe these two things will help lessen the stress.
2. We need to seek for ways to demonstrate our love for each other (I am going to share 15 simple ways we can do this).
How have you experienced the stress of being with family at Christmas?