With Thanksgiving coming up I though this would be a good reminder for us all to be flexible with holiday plans.
Many families have traditions associated with the holidays. Some celebrate on Christmas Eve, and the whole family gets together for dinner and presents. Some families invite all the relatives to celebrate Christmas morning, and stretch the celebration out all day.
When I’m doing pre-marriage counseling, I casually ask where the new couple will spend Thanksgiving. The bride-to-be quickly answers, “At my parents’ house, of course. It’s the only day of the year we get the whole family together.” I look at the groom and he has a troubled look on his face. With a little coaxing, he chokes out that his grandmother expects them to be at her table that same afternoon… and you don’t want to get on grandma’s “naughty list”.
Does the wonder of Christmas, turn into “I wonder who will be offended this Christmas”?
Most young couples face the challenge of family expectations early in their…
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