Thanksgiving is the time of the year when families meet one another to spend “quality” time together. Some would use quality and traumatic synonymously if you know what we mean. Are you following up on your thanksgiving fight history?
Therapist sure are busy after this holiday season! The most commonly searched keywords on Google during this time of the year are these: biggest family fight, favorite child, divorce, bulimia, and republican.
Anyway, we’ve compiled the top ten reasons that might become the cause for all heated discussion and fights at the Thanksgiving dinner so that you feel prepared to go in. Try and avoid them if you can, maybe?
The time for dinner is often a problem because of the difference in preferences. Like, some prefer to eat and be done with the “formality” by noon but others don’t even show up before 2 PM.
This can be a reason for confusion and chaos – resulting in lots of drama. Members of the family usually, deal with the situation by consuming alcohol (in whatever form they can find) because after an elaborate minute of patience, you begin to hear loud sighs and dismissive banter.
Some families are petty—sorry, but that’s the truth—so you might be put in embarrassing spots, like your parents would pretend that your fiancé doesn’t deserve to be in the family photograph. Yes, that was a reference from a soapy TV drama Parenthood. However, many would argue that it’s relatable if you come from a conservative or overall dramatic family.
If you got kicked out of school, failed a subject, or got fired from a job – we’d recommend you skip the dinner altogether because the minute you step into the house, you’ll be taken potshots at. Things will get worse if you’re the black sheep of the family.
You know, parents like to pretend that they don’t have a favorite but they do. So if you’re not the chosen one, you’ll be at the receiving end of criticism. So, drink up and don’t take it personally. Just book a session after the holiday and let your therapist handle it all.
Yes, it’s Thanksgiving, and a well-cooked turkey is a must. But what if the cook is not ready to accept the criticism? It’s a proper holiday and you deserve to treat yourself with a fine dinner, so it’s okay if you tell the regular cook of the house (who’s not ready to admit their poor culinary skills) to take a break… at least for the day.
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But again, if you tell them directly, this can rub them off the wrong way. Actually, whatever you do or however you try to sugarcoat the truth, it will sting. So just eat the damn turkey and order takeout later.
A good friend would tell you not to indulge in a controversial discussion with the family; this advice comes from experience. In fact, sex, religion, and politics are difficult topics to talk about anyway.
Different generations and different ideologies are bound to create friction and you might not even realize when a discussion would convert into a heated debate, and soon, an out and out quarrel.
Do you know how many people have come out of the closet on Thanksgiving? The list is endless – it’s when the families are gathered to celebrate gratitude and appreciation for one another.
However, there’s always a ‘but’ – as soon as Uncle Tim or Aunty Caroline come out of the closet and reveal their most personal secret, the oh-so modern family reveals its dogmatic views on sexuality and religion.
But hey, stand up for that member of the family, even if it makes you the bad guy.
Every family has an alcoholic who spoils the fun on Thanksgiving by making snipping remarks after the fifth drink or so. Normally, these situations aren’t as comical as the movies show – you know, that stressed out mother, gulping the sixth martini, and saying idiotic things.
Anyway, our advice is to get out of the gathering as soon as dinner is over – which is going to be heavy but not just because of the delicious dinner.
You know who gets more upset than you over your broken relationships? Your family, apparently. They sure have a lot to say about your romantic life when their own is an example of a troubled paradise. Of course, the news of divorce is upsetting, but people shouldn’t expect you to share every little detail of your personal life – even if it’s your own family!
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Do they not realize that breakups are hard and that you don’t like the feeling either?
Who is responsible for your insecurities? Your family! They’re the first ones to remind you that you’re a “little overweight” or “larger”, and the best one, “cuddly”.
This conversation can get pretty bizarre because they’d keep an eye on your plate all the time. And don’t worry if you’ve got a slim figure, because then you’re anorexic. Honestly, there’s no way you can please everyone.
The best way to spend Thanksgiving is to dive right in and expect nothing but drama.