Can you believe we are only 9, I repeat NINE, days away from Christmas Day?! Holy smokes! That went by fast. Good thing we still have a week of festivities and dinner parties to go! Now, although the holiday season, for many, is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for some. Whether you’re hosting the main event, have an ill loved one, dealing with some financial issues or just have a flat out creepy cousin who gives you CD’s with his farts recorded on them (true story, couldn’t make that one up if I tried), I think it’s fair to say we all have a little stress during this time of year. And there is nothing wrong with that, but it’s all about the way you handle it. I remember back in the day when Mama June would host Christmas Eve, she had a tendency to freak the eff out the morning of. I don’t blame her, she had five crazy kids running around and probably not helping as much as we should have. In any case, I think we are all in favor of stress free holiday celebrations. So, let’s ponder some hypothetical situations and sort out a way to keep things calm and festive this season.
You’re hosting dinner. Now, I have learned not to drink copious amounts of vino while preparing the day of, you will definitely end up pulling a Houdini and miss out on most the party. My suggestion, have an ongoing to do list on your phone in your reminder or Wunderlist app, meditate the morning of to clear your mind, get some alone time and prepare for Christmas Eve/Day right NOW. Throw on some carols and wrap presents anytime you get some down time. Commit to a set day and time to clean the hell out of your house. Create your menu. Stage platters and bowls where appetizers and entrees will be set. Basically, get your life together before hand and you will not be running around like a crazy person the day of. I promise. Once that is said and done…theeeeeen start drinking copious amounts of wine.
You’re hosting out of town guests. I love nothing more than hosting loved ones for the night or weekend. If I weren’t a blogger/yoga instructor, I’m pretty sure I’d be a Bed and Breakfast owner. Here are my tips for being the best hostess ever.
Your gift sucks. What a bummer, especially if you opened it up in front of the person who gave it to you. My sister once received a folder, which I believe was used, from a long lost aunt. Being gracious and brought up with manners, she smiled, said thank you and as any good sibling would do, died laughing behind closed doors with her sisters. The lesson here, be grateful, it’s just a gift and if you can, laugh over it. However, if this is some huge gift from your lover and big bucks was spent here, it could be best in both your interests to tell said lover and go to the store together to pick out something you love and you’ll wear/use all of the time. It’ll help the gift giving process in the long run and you hopefully won’t have to go thru this twice.
Uncle Bob wants to talk politics and religion during dinner. I love talking politics, but I get that not everyone does. Also, it’s one thing to converse about current events, but it’s quite another to lecture people on their views, control the conversation and ruin dinner for all. My advice would be to allow a natural progression of conversation to happen, you never know, maybe it’ll turn out interesting. But, if Uncle Bob gets way too intense after too many glasses of red, it’s totally okay to shut down the conversation politely and segue to something more suitable for all guests.
You have a sick loved one. This can give some people the sads during the holiday season. I know the feeling. I am going thru this now. I have learned a couple of things along the way I can share with you. I find that filling in loved ones of the loved ones most current condition beforehand alleviates a lot of anxiety. This way everyone is on the same page and no one is totally taken by surprise and becomes overcome with sadness. Also, have everything ready for your family member ahead of time; a place for them to rest, a cozy blanket, someone if not yourself to tend to them regularly, all that good stuff. Make this the most special time for them, they will always remember that. If they can’t quite remember it, they will definitely feel the love, that’s for sure. Tip: if you have a loved one suffering from dementia they may often ask if they can have a glass of wine or cocktail, not realizing they can’t. Ready? Grab a glass of ice, soda water, frozen cranberries, a little cranberry juice and a sprig of rosemary and VOILA! The perfect mocktail = stress reduced and a happy family member getting in on the festivities, too.
A guest gets caught “making out”. Ummmm, just go back downstairs and drink to oblivion to forget everything you just saw.
You have a bit of family drama going on. Eeeek! This one is no fun at all. Drama can definitely make for some awkward moments and Christmas dinner is no place to air your dirty laundry and spoil what is suppose to be a great event. Plus, there are little ones around just busting at the seams with excitement, why ruin that? My suggestion would be to meditate at home before celebrations commence or get a workout in, clear your mind, gather some patience and let anything that is said just roll off your back. It’s that one time of year where you and your family should try to find enjoyment with one another and laugh. Maybe even forgive. Do yourself a favor, buy Cards Against Humanity and laugh your a$$es off this year. That is one way to surely keep the attention off the family drama.
You’re coming out, you’re getting a divorce, you think you may be an alien. Basically, that’s no ones business but your own. If you CHOOSE to speak about it, cool. If not, karate chop that conversation in half and move on with your evening. If you’re going thru a tough time, it’s no one’s business to bring that up but you.
You have no idea what to get someone in your family. Well, first off, if it’s a cool a$$ lady in your life, check out our gift guides. If it’s your man lover/lady lover who loves man stuff check out our dudes gift guide. Problem solved. If you are totally stumped with truly no idea what to get a family member, I have two go to’s. For a more personal twist to the gift, get a nice picture frame and put a photo of said family member in with some other family members from the past year. Photos are memories frozen in time, people! Plus, it is sentimental. For the main gift, go for a gift card. You must have some idea of what they are interested in, plus they can go on a little shopping spree for themselves once everything goes on sale and get a huge bang for, well, your buck. A sole gift card could be a little depressing, so go the extra step and get that photo in a frame. Tip: the Walgreen’s app is awesome for printing out pictures.
Your cousin gives you a CD with his farts recorded on them. Well, I’m not exactly sure what you are suppose to do in this situation but I can tell you what we did. Duh! We put it in our compact disc player and laughed so frigging hard we cried.
Regardless of the situation, this time of year is special. Go on, take some deep breaths, drink too much spiced egg nog (or jeigermeister if you’re Nicole) and make some beautiful memories. Have fun! And don’t forget to take photos you, knuckleheads!
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