Christmas can be a very stressful time of year and being forced to spend time with relatives that you don't necessarily get on with can make even the most Zen-like of people start seeing red.
Do you manage to stay calm at Christmas when surrounded by relatives?
It depends heavily on which relatives are around I find.... my family are extremely easy going and pleasant to be with. So staying calm is not only possible but pretty much guaranteed.
My in-laws on the other hand....... well I used to dread Christmas and the time we had to spend with my husband's family, his parents in particular. Moving abroad helped with that thankfully and we haven't spent Christmas with them for several years now.
This year we are not going to anyone's house or having any visitors, it will just be the three of us and I'm really looking forward to it!
My Christmas day this year is going to be nothing short of NAIL BITING!'
For the whole family.
It will be held in my son's ''mother-in-laws home.
The woman I had a run-in-with last Mothers day.
We had a huge difference of opinion on the topic of radical-issues...
We said we would call a 'truce'' for the sake of the family.
I in fact am not looking forward to it, and I know my poor daughter in law is not too.
I have promised to bite my lip BIG TIME.!
Certainly one will be put-to-the-test, on this one.
One week to go, and counting.Heaven help me.
I am calm however I get perhaps frustrated as I cannot stand the mess!
I also get tired standing easily due to a back injury so while I think I stay fairly calm, I am often stressed by the noise as am so used to living alone.
Oh, the longest day of the year. How I wish I could go to work that day (and that's saying something!). I used to enjoy it, but since my nephew has grown up and become the biggest moron to walk the planet and has also bred like a feral rabbit, I dread it completely. But I paste a smile on and try to endure it, at least for my mother's sake...
I don't have this problem, as I've no relatives' to go to, or v.v.
It makes life so much easier!
No stress whatsoever.
Only my cat, & I to please!
A lifetime ago, we went camping at Xmas time, for the first twelve years'.
I refused, point blank, to go to in-laws', our whole marriage. This was told to fiancé at Engagement time.
Couldn't stand them, especially the m-i-l, whom I believe was slightly mentally retarded. Her son eventually was diagnosed AS.
I think it's Xmas time when people who don't like each other are forced to spend time together, which they wouldn't normally do, much alcohol is consumed, arguments' start, & this is the perfect recipe for DV, possibly sometimes on a grand scale!