With Christmas Day looming, we need to start preparing for the inevitable Christmas drama. These hot tips will help you keep swimming until Boxing Day.
1. Make sure you only have a few sherberts before Christmas lunch
Your Aunt Tabitha doesn’t really need to know that you think she’s a barren old bint, or that your children still believe her acne scars are from the 666 tattoo removal off her forehead.
2. Don’t go into massive debt to buy presents to prove you love someone
If you need to prove your love with $$ attached I’d suggest a second look at your relationship.
3. Stock extra bandages/BAND-AIDs/ice packs for your kids
Just because they rode a skateboard once doesn’t mean they’ll be able to master the turbo 220 limited speed-star-killer edition Santa gave them. All kids f**k themselves up on Christmas afternoon ... They are, after all, just like little reckless men that have had too much booze.
4. Wear black clothes to lunch
Not only is black all sorts of stylin’ and slimming it also hides gravy and wine stains like a champ 👌
Careful with that wine! Via Giphy.
Remember that discipline is not punishment. Enforcing limits is really about teaching kids how to behave in the world and helping them to become competent, caring, and in control.
5. Don’t show up empty handed to any family event
Aunty Tabitha may in fact be a beeeotch but if she’s slaved over a turkey for four hours, you damn well buy her a present in the form of alcohol.
6. Have fun
It seems like a strange thing to say but so many people take Christmas too seriously. It’s a day for the kids to giggle, hug, love, fight over toys and play. It’s the one day of the year that everyone should feel a little bit of that magic dust. There’s 364 other days of the year to be serious.
7. Spend it with those you love
If you have toxic family/friends and can’t stand being around them, then don’t. Just frigging don’t. Life is too short to waste a beautiful day in a fight or having a cry.
At the same time, Christmas is also a great day to say ‘sorry’ and mend some fences. The top paddock might be awesome but it’s awful if you’re alone.
8. Eat what you want
Eat it all. I’m a sucker for pork crackling and can’t help but get almost punchy when other people take more than me. Is it bad for me? Yes. Am I going to eat as much as I can and pass out on the couch later? Also yes.
Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect - a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop healthy eating habits.
It's Christmas, throw your diet out the window for a day (or week). Via Giphy.
9. Don't be a grinch
If you don’t believe in all things Christmas, please, for the love of God and all small children, shut the fark up. No one needs an actual Grinch to show up on Christmas Day.
10. Participate in hugs
Don’t forget to hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you - isn’t that what Christmas should really be about?
Ho Ho Ho and all that.