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Family At Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and The Annoying

Family At Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and The Annoying
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It's that time of year when many of our family members come from near and far to meet up and celebrate Christmas. And I bet that no matter how big or small your family is, there will be some form of drama or mishap involved. As everyone gathers around the dinner table this year, you might even be asking yourself, "Do I really belong to these people?" As seen in the clip below from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, some things just don't go the way we planned.

Indeed, there's a plethora of different characters that can make up a family. Just check out some of the examples listed below. 

  • The Bully
    They get their kicks out of putting you down or making jokes on your behalf. Some even pretend to offer criticism to help you, but it's only a ploy to make them feel better about themselves.
  • The "Woe is Me" Downer
    Known also as one with Eeyore Syndrome. No matter what happens, nothing in their life is ever going right. Ah yes, and it never fails that this person wants to bring everyone's attention to their problems.
  • The Nosy Nancy
    This busybody won't give in until they get all the information they desire from you. They're willing to push the conversation past your comfort zone and pry away at your personal space.
  • The Drunk/Addict
    No, it's not a surprise when they interrupt a light conversation about the weather with their get rich quick scheme on selling marijuana brownies out of their car. Yup, this person can be annoying, pathetic, and comical all at the same time. 
  • The Instigator
    Deliberately starting confrontations between others is pure pleasure to this rabble-rouser. You can find them exploiting weaknesses with the intentions to cause embarrassment and humiliation. 
  • The Slacker
    You won't see this sack of lazybones being a team player and joining everyone for
    any activities. Fun ideas to maybe catch a movie, go caroling, or check out Christmas lights around town is sure to be rejected. And let's not forget that this family sloth also has a habit of disappearing when everyone else is helping clean up.

Did any of your family members fit a description above? I'm going to take a guess and say you answered YES on that one. It seems to me that we have all had to endure a relative at some point or another. And although it may be a hard pill to swallow, their idiosyncrasies and issues aren't likely to change any time soon. Have you ever heard that saying, "Not my circus, not my monkeys?" Well folks, this is your circus and those bunch of crazies are your monkeys. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages..... there might just be another show stopping performance in store for you this Christmas.

Moving on from the monkey-circus comparison, I'm going to get to my main purpose of this post. It's important to realize that God placed these people in your life for a reason. And no matter if it by blood, adoption, or marriage... they belong to you and you to them. There will probably never be a full-proof way to avoid all the conflict, stress, and drama. You see, God never promised us that life would be easy, but he did promise to help us get through the struggles. So, call out to Him and ask for more patience when Uncle Eddie is pushing your buttons to full capacity. And if Aunt Susie is about to make you flip your lid, take a moment to pray. Jesus said in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trials and tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Therefore, as you celebrate our saviors birth with your loved ones, take heart and trust in His ever lasting love. 

In closing, I've attached a song by Dolly Parton. Even if you're not a country music fan, this song will more than likely hit a chord with you. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Here are some bible verses all about the birth of Jesus Christ. I've also included a link to a printable version... click here to read verses