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How To Survive A Family Christmas

How To Survive A Family Christmas

If, like most, your family Christmas is a nightmare, follow our advice and make this Christmas slightly more bearable. Finally have an enjoyable family Christmas thanks to Videojug.

Step 1: You will need

  • a family
  • patience
  • Christmas cheer

Step 2: Open presents with low expectations

Christmas presents mean one thing for most dads. Sock, socks and more socks. And maybe the occasional tie. Even though you've dropped a thousand hints about that useless gadget you've been coveting, every member of your family will be convinced that you'd like nothing better than a new pair of socks. Because you loved them so much last year. Break this cycle by saying you've decided you are only going to wear open toed sandals from now on. See what they come up with next year. Don't be surprised if it's more socks.

Step 3: Avoid drunken relatives

Around half way through the morning, Uncle Kevin will be on his fourth glass of mulled wine. Like most drunken uncles, he's not much fun to be around when he's in this state. If he tries to drag you into a conversation about the current political climate or his messy divorce, devise an escape strategy. Tell him you have to go and help peel brussel sprouts, walk away and don't look back.

Step 4: Don't talk, just eat

Christmas lunch is the one time of the day where older children don't have to answer questions from inquisitive relatives about what they really get up to. Make the most of this quiet time by ensuring that you are stuffing your face at all times during the meal. If anyone tries to bring up an uncomfortable subject or asks you what you plan to do with your life, pop an item of food in your mouth and give them an apologetic look, as if to say "Sorry, but it's rude to speak with your mouth full".

Step 5: Eat everything in sight

For whoever prepared the meal, this is the culmination of hours of slaving and months of stress. They will be bitterly disappointed if their efforts are not validated. Everyone else should attempt to eat a bit of everything, no matter how full you are. The pain of indigestion will be far less than that inflicted on those who do not show proper appreciation for all the host's hard work. And if you're extra appreciative, you may even get away without doing the washing up.

Step 6: Derail arguments

The combination of alcohol and the burning resentment that only a close family can generate means that inevitably at some point there will be an argument. Tempers may flare as Uncle Kevin accuses the other charades team of cheating, or mum may get weepy if no one ate pudding. If little Hannah has a tantrum because she didn't get the present she wanted, calm things down by sticking on some soothing Christmas music. For more strategies on what to do when an argument breaks out, watch Videojug's http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-avoid-family-arguments-at-christmas

Step 7: Relax in front of the TV

Of course, deciding what TV programme to watch on Christmas day is yet another minefield that should be approached with extreme caution. Inevitably, everyone will have a different favourite show that they can't miss because it's the Christmas special. If you don't have 6 TVs in your house, think of a fair way to decide what to watch. Toss a coin or play rock paper scissors. Failing that, whoever shouts the loudest wins. Whatever you end up watching, you will all be too drunk, full or exhausted to care.