Here are a few pointers to make your holidays more enjoyable for everyone around you!
Don’t be the one who:
Talks about work at your work Christmas party.
Come on, people. We all know that office-mates are like family in that you can’t choose them, but make an effort to get to know them outside of work this year. No one wants to sit next to the person who brings up projects that need to be started when we get back from Christmas break. Talk about pets, kids, hobbies, personal goals, fruitcake…anything other than work!
Takes one too many hits of eggnog at your family function.
Nothing is more entertaining on Christmas Eve than your drunken uncle… but do you really want to be him? Be responsible this year, don’t drink at all if you have to drive and be generally self-aware, and know when you’ve had enough. Lamp shade or punch bowl on the head is not a good look for anyone.
Kisses on the mouth.
Uuuuuggghhhh. We all have that aunt, cousin or grandmother who refuses to stop kissing you on the mouth, even after your 30th birthday. Do others a favor this year and leave your fuchsia shade of lipstick on your own lips.
Is super obvious about regifting.
Look… we can all see that box has been opened before and you clearly taped it back together… with duct tape... If you must regift (sometimes it’s just financially unavoidable) make sure it’s an un-used item that is like new.
Becomes the Grinch.
You hate the holidays? Think it’s a materialistic waste of time? Keep it to yourself. No one wants to hear your conspiracy theories about how Christmas was created by the government to propel us into an economic stimulus… or how it’s rooted in Pagan rituals. Just go with the flow.
Becomes the crier.
See number 2 on this list to avoid becoming the crier…
Becomes the overachiever.
Wow, you spent 20 solid hours cutting intricate snowflakes out of tissue paper by hand and strung them from the ceiling? Take it easy with the décor and put your energy into spending time visiting with people that matter the most. They love you for you, not for your snowflakes ;)