Christmas and Hanukkah is this weekend, and we're on the last leg of being able to talk about some important things to consider going into the Holidays.
Well here's the thing, you've got to be respectful of the Christmas or Hanukkah season, and most importantly, your significant other.
It's not about gifts. So stop acting like it is.
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The one mistake you see people make is get bent out of shape. Even to their families, but especially their significant other. The weight of your relationship does not consist in what you've given them for the holiday of your choosing. So don't hold something against them if they don't get you something that equals your gift, or that you feel represents the status of your relationship.
Don't berate them in front of their family or friends on their shortcomings.
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If you've got any anger toward your significant other, leave it at home. This is not the time or the place to publicly flog your significant other. Keep it private between the two of you, and don't put forth any embarrassing stories that could be used against you later when everything is fine. You don't want to be "that couple" that everyone talks about once you've left the party.
Refrain from posting expensive presents / jewelry "OMG I NEED" posts as SUPER OBVIOUS hints on Social Media.
Especially if you're in a newer relationship, this is one of the rudest things you can do to your s/o. It's like you're setting a standard of what you want for the holidays, and if you don't get it, you're going to be upset. And if you're in a long term relationship, it's still rude to publicly request something such as this. Now, you may not be noting it directly to your significant other, but you might as well be @ tagging them for flaunting your expensive desires in front of mutual friends.
Don't Monopolize Them At A Function.
This is the time to mingle and get to know people at the party or to see family members you haven't seen all year. Whether you're at your significant other's Holiday gathering, or his/her family's house, don't stick like glue to them, and not let them participate in talking to other people. Make sure that you float on your own, get to know some people there, and show that you don't need to be attached at the hip, or behave needy.
Do you have any of those Festivus holiday grievances to get off your chest regarding the things you've seen people do, or that your significant other has done to you? Sound off in the comments!
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Amy Cooper is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.