Sometimes it is true that some families ought not to get together at Christmas.
Why? Well, with families being families, there is always that "unfinished" business punctuated with anger or resentment that arose over some issue or conflict that has never really been resolved. Maybe it was a little thing or maybe it was a big thing. Maybe it happened to you or maybe it happened to someone else in the family. But it happened.
Sadly, when these families get together over Christmas and alcohol for example, comes into play then, the inhibitions are put aside and people say and do things that ordinarily they probably wouldn't.
So, if you're getting together this Christmas and there's that Uncle or Aunt or cousin that is bound to be there too, think seriously about how you want to act and be. Is it really worth trying to score or square up? Is it really worth putting a barb into that conversation? What will it take for you to be civil or polite? You don't have to engage in endless chit-chat with them, but think about how you want to approach them. Yes, I realise that underneath, you may want to strangle them, but how could you really be instead?
The reported from "The Advertiser" interviewed me on this topic.
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