Christmas time is the merriest season of them all. There’s memorable, sing-song music, joyful children, and copious amounts of food almost everywhere you go.
However, it does not come without challenges. Holiday shopping is a hefty task, and someone has to put forth the labor to prepare all that food.
Yet, the most challenging factor of all still lies within the in-laws. For the ladies out there, mothers-in-law in particular can be especially hard to handle.
Here’s your survival guide to keeping your Holiday spirits soaring high, despite your mother-in-law’s efforts (whether calculated or accidental) to dampen your mood.
7) Bake Christmas Cookies
Many a mother-in-law doubts her son’s wife’s ability to run a household. It’s likely yours raised her family in a generation where the women stayed at home to handle all the chores, cooking, and holiday decorating.
Times have changed, however. Now, you most likely work outside of the home, while you and your husband share the household duties. From your mother-in-law’s perspective, this could make you seem lazy or incompetent. It’s definitely an unfair assessment, but it’s also understandable if you put yourself in her shoes. She raised her family differently than you did, and it’s important to remember that’s okay.
To instantly curb those negative thoughts of hers, bake a few batches of traditional Christmas cookies and leave them out for her to see. Make them unique, creative, and undeniably delicious. Not only will you be showing that you are a capable woman in the old-fashioned sense, but baking can also be quite therapeutic and may help put you in a jolly mood before your extended family walks through the door. Plus, some sugar may even bring out the sweet side in your mother-in-law. Contrary to popular belief, they certainly all have one!
6) Turn on some Christmas music
Nothing will put the cherry on top of your party preparation quite like the memorable melodies of Christmas playing in the background. If you’ve already put together a royal feast by the time your guests arrive, humming along to some cheerful Christmas music while you carve the ham will really show that mother-in-law of yours that you’ve got it all together!
It’s also quite difficult to sustain a grouchy mood when you zone yourself into some upbeat holiday tunes. It may even change your mother-in-law’s mood, leading you two to become best friends through some meaningful bonding.
Not all Christmas songs will set the mood for a carefree evening as well as others can, though. Be sure to avoid the emotion-inducing likes of “Last Christmas” by Wham!, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bing Crosby, and “Christmas Shoes” by Bob Carlisle. At the same time, don’t shy away from classic tunes like “Happy Xmas” by John Lennon, “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland. Oh, and anything by Michael Buble is sure to put your guests at ease, as well.