I have a quirky family. (you too?)
That makes holidays both fun and challenging.
In years past, I didn’t always handle it that well, but over time I’ve learned a thing or two that has helped.
Engage them in their quirkiness. Do they like to play games? Bring your favorite game and teach it to them or play one of their favorite games. Is the meal the important thing to someone? Bring your favorite holiday dish, help them in the kitchen or stay out of their way (whatever they need). Do a bit of research so you can intelligently converse about someone’s job, interests or the game on TV.
Love and serve them. When you’re with someone, ask yourself how you can encourage, validate or help them in some way. Compliment their green bean casserole, ask them about their teething child or cheer for their football team.
You are surrounded by lovely people (quirky though they may be). Enjoy them and enjoy the day.
In our family, mom and dad are Longhorns, our first two kids are Aggies and we’re hoping our last one is a Longhorn. It gives us family fun on Thanksgiving Day. Bob Wells
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