A few house rules for the holiday season. This house, at least.
No drama under any circumstances. If you must have drama, save it for some other holiday or, better still, your birthday.
Animals are welcome.
Gifts are for kids. No, you’re not a kid. If you want to give him or her a gift, do it on a day when they’re not expecting to receive one. At first, you’ll be considered a curmudgeon, but it will pass.
Be with the people you love, not the people who are obligatory holiday visitors.
Family is how you define it.
If you don’t eat too much, you’re probably not having a good time. If you drink too much, you’ll soon have a rough time.
If you bring an attitude you get the back door. Scrooge is always watching.
Try to listen rather than talk. There are already enough talkers and they really roll it all out on holidays.
If you have a boss, avoid him or her on the holiday. The results of these holiday encounters are rarely beneficial to either party.
If you don’t have a boss, don’t be one on this holiday.
Remember the cook. Visit the kitchen, briefly. It’s the heart of the home.
No platitudes, please.
If you play a game, make sure that no one loses. There must always be a reward for last place.
Did I mention animals? They enjoy the holidays and bring us all cheer.