No matter which holidays your family celebrates, there’s almost no way to get out of seeing your in-laws during this season of family togetherness. Whether you split time with your family and your spouse’s by holiday, by year, or by trying to fit them both into the same holidays (which is kind of crazy to begin with), you’re going to have to find ways to deal with a situation that can be tense, to say the least. But if you’re looking to keep the holidays stress-free this year so that you can actually enjoy them for a change, here are just a few tips to keep the murderous rage at bay and possibly even have a pleasant visit with your in-laws.
- Host festivities. Sometimes all you need is a change of venue to ensure a different outcome at family gatherings. If you traditionally go to your spouse’s family home, offer to host at your house this year instead. This will give you some control over how the event proceeds (as well as the home-field advantage).