The perfect suggestion for families who tend to split at holiday-time
DEAR ANNIE: “On the Outside Looking In” complained that at holiday gatherings, four of the female relatives go into another room to laugh, excluding the other three women and the men. The others should plan something they can enjoy together with or without the other four.
Plan ahead, and make sure everyone knows you have a game to play, a funny gift exchange, a skit to perform or a tale to tell of holidays past in which each person is expected to speak for one minute. Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows. Be silly and lighthearted, forget your troubles and play games with the children.
Turn these gatherings into a celebration for all of you, instead of a party for the clique and a whining session for the rest. Whether they join in or not, you’ll have fun, and your children will remember that for a lifetime.
— Been There
Dear Been There: We couldn’t have said it better. Thank you.