Get a hold of yourself. Families become more trying than ever during the holiday season. Everyone wants to have their highest expectations fulfilled, knowing that they won’t be. The anticipation causes stress. The realization that your family isn’t the joy filled treat that you envisioned after some gushy holiday movie, still stings a little bit every year.
You have a choice. Extricate yourself or deal with it.
Everyone has their flaws and all of those flaws are heightened when Santa comes to town.
Think of it as his special gift.
Sit back. Watch the others play their typical rolls and try to find the humor in it. Trust me. There’s humor to be found in every family get together. When the going gets rough, take a bathroom break. If need be, bring your phone to call or text a friend.
Just don’t whine and complain. Highlight the funny parts.
You’ll find that the holidays are much more enjoyable that way.
Mazeltov! You’ve got a family. Now heaven forbid that I generalize, but some cultures are more prone to that behavior than others.
Look at it this way. They all want attention and approval from the people they value the most.
Sure, it’s irritating but at least you know that they all love each other.
The holidays come once a year. Make a decision Quinn. Would you rather be a grinch or a gift?
Choose wisely my friend.
Unlike any other time of the year, if you act like an ass at Christmas, everyone remembers for years. They may not appreciate you right away if you are the happy considerate one but you will know. The pride that you will feel can get you through it. Just don’t gloat.
You can handle this.
Find a different seat. Move away from the skunk. Until you are willing to say something, that’s all you can do. On the other hand, you can be the cool aunt who helps him out.
The stinky stylings can’t be a holiday special. He must have this problem at school too. Unless times have drastically changed since I was in school, no one wants to hang out with smelly guy.
Take him on a casual trip for a snack or activity and then stop by the local drug store. If you’re afraid to suggest a deodorant, quietly get a male pharmacist to help you out on the sly.
Even if you initially take some heat, they’ll all thank you later. No one likes a stinker.