I know, I know. As the holiday season approaches, the media is always awash with good advice -- about how you should spread the responsibility of making the food and put old grudges aside for the sake of family harmony. But Julie Brown has collected lots of unusual and insightful tips in this article that set it apart. As you rush around, trying to create the perfect Norman Rockwell-like holiday experience, you may want to keep her tenth tip in mind:
Around the holidays, we are bombarded by made for T.V. movies that showcase the joy and love around the holidays. Real-life families are not perfect. The first step to having a good time around the holidays is to realize you will have potential conflict and that it is normal. The stories may be different from family to family, but we've all experienced some silly or unbelievable things during the holidays. Laughing about past holiday events can be a great way to break the ice if things start going downhill. Ask everyone ttalk about the funniest or most embarrassing thing that happened last Thanksgiving, you'll be surprised at the bond this forms.
Well, one can hope...