As much as people love Navidad, they don’t always love getting together with their extended family. The holidays bring familias together whether or not it’s a good idea. Sadly, some people cause drama that can disrupt the holiday spirit. Strong personalities, addictions, and other issues can affect la armonia of a gathering and make it harder than it should be to have a good time. Creating a drama-free Navidad is important for the people who truly want to be together and enjoy quality family time. It might feel tough to confront difficult issues, but it can make a big difference in the quality during Navidad. Consider these tips for creating drama-free Navidad everyone can enjoy.
Tip- Create a drama-free experience
If addiction issues have the potential for ruin your holiday gathering, simply create a drug and alcohol-free event. Removing the temptations and making modifications to your gathering that support sobriety helps everyone. If someone you love struggles with making good choices, help make the choice easier by hosting a clean and sober event.
Tip- Consider your huespedes
Trying to fit square pegs into round holes never works. Sometimes you’ve got to be honest about the family members and friends in your life. Some simply can’t play well with others. It may be in everyone’s best interest to keep certain people away from each other. It may also be important to consider what sort of function you’re having and whether or not it’s the best for your guests. Depending on who is coming to your holiday gathering you may want to consider what activities you have, when you have them, and who is invited.
Tip- Be willing to be honest
One of the biggest reasons familias experience drama is the unwillingness to address the situation and set boundaries. People want to avoid conflict or hope people figure out the impact they make on other people. This generally doesn’t work. Being up front and being honest with people and our familias about how their behavior affects others can help them modify it or excuse themselves from the situation if they must. It can be really hard to confront negative behavior, but it can make Navidad better for everyone.
Everyone wants a happy holiday season filled with friends and familia but sometimes people make it difficult. Instead of ignoring their behavior, try one of these tips to create a drama free Navidad that benefits everyone…even the ones with the problemas.
Dr. Patty Jiménez is the Founder of Recetas. She obtained 2 Masters in Theology and Ministry and a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Latinx theology and ministry. She has over 27 years experience in Catholic Ministry and is a spiritual director and training as a wellness coach.