Who hasn’t read or listened to The Secret? I love their saying “what you think about, you bring about!” Especially around the Holidays, I’m always intrigued by the doom and gloom people have about family get-togethers. They already assume it’s going to be a hassle and that drama will be involved.
On the subconscious level, how are you not creating that atmosphere when you are certain it’s going to happen. If you walk into an event believing it, then aren’t you going to overanalyze everything anyway?
Here are some simple tips to have a joyous Thanksgiving, especially for those of you who historically are dreading the drama!
Remember something great about your family members.
No matter what is going on in your family or your life, always remember the good times, and the great memories. Everyone has them, and if you focus on that, then any tension you have with your family will quickly go away.
It’s all about visualizing the happy times, and tossing out the bad memories. Things happen, life happens, so make the choice to focus on the good.
Don’t buy into negative discussions!
If someone brings up a negative subject during your turkey time, then change the subject. It’s completely acceptable to do that. You can always make a comment that it’s Thanksgiving, and it’s not an appropriate subject, and most of the time everyone will quickly agree.
I’m always in favor of walking away from a negative subject. Think about when you are in line at a bank or store, and someone starts complaining. Have you ever noticed how the other people in line start to get cranky too?
It’s amazing to watch how perfectly normal people will feed off of someone’s negativity. Don’t be that person.
Play a game.
Seriously does anyone play board games anymore? I don’t mean to sound outdated, but board games during the Holidays are so much fun!
It gets everyone actively involved and having fun, and also brings back memories from childhood. Boggle is still a perfect game for families, because it’s relatively short and you can play multiple times, with different groups. Don’t try to play Monopoly, it takes too long !
Watch a game.
I’m not a big football fan (don’t hate me! ) but it’s always fun during the Holidays. I love seeing my husband with his brothers and watching them all laugh when they get together.
Whether you are a fan or not, Thanksgiving is a great day for football and fun!
Go to a movie.
This is a long time tradition with my family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are always new great movies on the Holidays, and since you are probably stuffed after all the eating you’ve done, at least you can just sit and watch a movie while it’s all digesting.
Who doesn’t love a good movie?
Have a wonderful week!