T三级成人视频hen there are the surprise Scrooges. ‘My partner’s mum was really lovely, but a bit intense,’ says Zoe. ‘In December we were all given printed invoices detailing what food we should bring, set against total costs and how much we needed to pay towards the rest. I swear she was going to profit.’
三级成人视频Gift-giving is an inevitable landmine, while parlour games are fertile ground for offence, accidental or otherwise. ‘I discovered that my American boyfriend thought “scouser” was another word for “yob” during a game of Articulate, where he met my Liverpudlian Nan for the first time,’ says Jamie. ‘Cue jaws on the floor, and many apologies.’
But the prize for worst parental Christmas has to go to Amber, who flew to the US to spend the holidays with her boyfriend’s father and stepmother, only to find Divorce Day had come early.
三级成人视频‘When we arrived it was just like a Christmas movie – lights and decorations hanging from every surface, twinkly trees in all directions, cinnamon-flavoured everythings. I did note a mild undercurrent of tension, but I put this down to the general pressures of family Christmases,’ she says.
Within days, the couple had ringside seats to near-constant shouting matches. ‘Everything came to a head the day after Boxing Day, when after a trip out with his dad, we returned to find the house empty. The security camera footage showed his wife hastily packing a couple of bags and then making a swift exit.’
While there’s probably nothing you can do to save anyone else’s relationship, there are ways to deal with the Christmas impact (Chrimpact?) on your own. Firstly, prep each other. If there’s a conversation topic that needs to be danced delicately around, a seasonal argument that needs to be swerved or a complicated family tree that needs to be thoroughly memorised, for god’s sake tell them in advance. And likewise if you’re the guest of honour, do your due diligence and make sure you have at least a vague idea of what’s going down and with who. Don’t let the Christmas Eve cosplay session be a surprise.
Secondly, take time out just for the two of you. If your family yuletide is the rigidly scheduled kind, try to book in a few mysterious ‘long walks’, even if you spend them standing in silence at the end of the garden with your face against a wall.
A三级成人视频lso, take time out from each other. You’re not in a made-for-Netflix movie; you don’t need to be feeding each other gingerbread or canoodling in a snowdrift for the whole festive period. If they feel they need to lie on a bed staring at their phone for an hour to conserve their energy for the next time a miscellaneous aunt brings up Brexit, let them.
But that said, don’t let your significant other feel insignificant. Give them jobs to do. Let them feel helpful. Several years after that first festive baptism of fire, my boyfriend has now established his own tradition: taking over the cooking so that the rest of us can open presents with my Gran at her care home. He watches the hobs, tosses a few parsnips and gets hailed as a hero for the rest of Christmas. It goes a long way to compensating for him not knowing the descant in O Come All Ye Faithful.
三级成人视频And that’s the last point: be flexible. While the temptation to dive headfirst into a puddle of childhood nostalgia and stay there until New Year can be strong, having a new person in the fold can often be a good way to shake things up and make new traditions. And perhaps, through their eyes, even appreciate your family a little more.
A三级成人视频fter all, we’re lucky to have one worth spending time with, whatever their festive foibles. Even if mushy peas with Christmas dinner is – I’m sorry – a crime.