The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time full of gifts, food, and family fun. However, they can sometimes be more stressful than anything, especially if people don’t do what they can to make everything go smoothly. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to avoid any drama if you know how to help your family throughout the holidays.
Show gratitude for your gifts
Most people would be lying if they said that the gifts weren’t one of their favorite things about the holidays. However, not every present you receive at this time of year is always a good one. Regardless of whether you love it or not, though, it’s important to show your family that it’s the thought that counts. Display gratitude for the gift and let them know their efforts were appreciated, even if they didn’t try too hard to get you something good. Don’t let any materialistic desires get in the way.
Help with the cooking
Is one person in your family responsible for cooking all the food during the holidays? If so, that’s a recipe for disaster. As happy as they may say they are to produce the food for everyone, that doesn’t mean they want all of the responsibility on their shoulders. Perhaps they’re too nice or proud to ask for help? All the more reason for you to offer your assistance. Even if you do something simple like chopping vegetables, you still give them one less task to do, which should save them some stress in the long run.
Organize some activities
The holidays might be one of the only times that you have all your family together. That’s all the more reason to make the most of this brief period and do some activities together. If no one else offers up any suggestions, why not arrange a few things yourself? It doesn’t have to be anything too wild; pulling out charades or Pictionary is perfectly acceptable. If it gets you spending time together and not all staring at your phones in front of the television, that’s all that really matters.
Take responsibility for cleaning up
It’s amazing how much mess one family can produce over the holidays. From mountains of gift wrap to food packaging and dirty plates, this time of year is a real nightmare for trash. You might not want to deal with it, but if you leave it all to someone else, that’s only going to spark some unnecessary drama. It’s worth taking responsibility for at least one clean-up operation during the holidays. Whether that’s disposing of all the trash after everyone’s opened their presents or doing the dishes after the big meal, your help will be appreciated.
No one’s saying you suddenly have to do all the cooking and cleaning to help your family throughout the holidays. However, it’s a good idea for everyone to do their part during the festive period, especially if you want to avoid stress. That way, everyone has some responsibility in making the holidays a success, so it doesn’t all rest on one person’s shoulders.