Christmas is for kids, or so they say. Christmas seen through the eyes of children is a time of wonder and delight. And whilst it’s not the case for everyone, for many of us, our own childhood Christmases can seem so wonderfully idyllic when we look back. Life was so much simpler then. No presents to buy, no dinner to cook, and no complicated family dynamics to manage! As we embark on new relationships in later life, it’s inevitable that we bring some baggage with us, and lots of us will have children from previous relationships. When we are mixing family members old and new, how can we ensure that we all have a truly peaceful Christmas period?
Communication and Clarity
Communication is key! Be gentle but be specific. Make sure everyone knows who is coming, who is bringing what and who is buying presents for whom. Ensure that you have open conversations with your kids and try to manage their expectations, well before the event.
Creativity and Compromise
Maybe you’re used to opening presents in the morning, but your partner prefers to wait until after lunch. Perhaps you could open a few presents together in your pyjamas before the rest of the family arrives, and then open the rest after lunch. Also, there’s no law to say you always have to have turkey! Why not cook something different this year? Together you can create some new traditions!
Community and Charity
Tempers may fray when you are cooped up at home! Can you get out for a walk or attend a community event? Even better if you can contribute in some way to a charity event – tis the season for giving, after all!
The team at Sara Eden wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas.