Most people get together with good friends and family during the holiday season. For many, this is one of the few, or only, times of the year that they see family. As you look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving 2015, you may also think about those relatives that have a knack for pushing buttons. These button-pushing relatives don’t have to bring the holiday cheer down. All it takes is a little effort to make your family get-together as joyous as possible. Here are some tips for positively dealing with the family members so that you might all have a happy Thanksgiving 2015 together.
- Get Prepared
By this point in your life, you have a pretty good idea of who has perfected the ability to push your buttons, especially when they are family members. You do not like being the one to get mad and leave the table in a huff. You want to stand your ground, be the bigger person and enjoy your Thanksgiving. Before you encounter any of your relatives, think back on prior instances that might have gone south and consider what you could have done to help things turn out differently. Go into your visit cool, calm and collected, ready to let any negativities roll right over your shoulders.
- Lower Your Expectations
Are you cooking this year? Do not expect to have an overabundance of help. As negative as this sounds, if you start out planning ahead and are prepared to do it all yourself, you will avoid the stress of having others fall short. Prep your meal components ahead of time, purchase your decor early and have your table settings all planned out. If others do help out, it will be a pleasant surprise! If you have a sibling or cousin, even a favorite aunt that you can trust to help, contact them immediately and get them excited about planning Thanksgiving Day with you.
- Think Before You Speak
Consider other’s points of view before you chime in with yours, and think about what you are saying and if it might be offensive. The more drama that can be avoided during the holidays, the better. People come from all walks of life with varying points of view and lifestyles — even within families. Be compassionate and loving. At the end of the day, everyone is there to enjoy one another and have a happy time.
- Small Talk
There is no need to get into in-depth conversations, especially when they normally lead south. Ask your relatives how they are doing, about the big trip they went on over the summer, how their work is going or about their health — common, small subjects that positively propel conversation. It is important to ask one another questions, but even more important to listen to the response. Listening to your relatives will let them know that you truly do care about holding the conversation.
- Funny Videos
A great way to share a few laughs with your family on Thanksgiving 2015 is to gather around and watch funny videos and comedy television together. You will certainly create positive memories like never before, and you might even look forward to the next holiday season. Check out our video library to find the perfect clip to share with your family!