Several year ago, we settled into a cadence of family traditions with only family members who are not drawn to drama. Also, I also realized alot of it was how I reacted. I could control this and changed this. Maybe this is they key for all of posting here?
Christmas was very quiet for us this year because we stayed to ourselves. My husband's family and my family are very dramatic and stressful. It was peaceful to be alone with our kids this year, but I did kind of miss them anyway.
1/4/13 8:11 P
My husband always dogs my family for the amount of drama they have and problems they cause at the holidays. This year, his daughters caused more stress & drama than my family could even think of causing. Sent us home on an 8 hour drive 4 days early because they were so out of control and they're both be 31 next week. What the heck? Drama from both sides of my family and from his? That was enough to drive me insane. So happy to be home and back to work because it's less stressful!!!
After too many years of drama/stress surrounding the holidays (From Thanksgiving past New Years!) hubby and I decided to withdraw from the 'festivities' this year. We had an awesome, stress-free Thanksgiving on the coast and Christmas through New Years at home.
Planning to do it again next year!
1/2/13 8:24 P
Nope... no drama.
For us, Christmas, weddings, and yes even funerals, are reasons to gather and enjoy each others company.