by Grace aka costofcollege
Does your family look like this at holiday gatherings?
Looking at this photo and other similar ones from a recent Lands’ End catalog reminded me that few families present a picture-perfect image during holiday gatherings. And not only in appearance, but also in behavior. Maybe you’ve observed some of this firsthand. Does your teenager spend all evening texting instead of chatting with grandma? Does your brother-in-law insist on bringing up politics or other controversial topics that intrude upon pleasant conversations? Do any of your relatives drink just a little too much?
On the other hand, many Totebaggers probably do bear some resemblance to the happy family in the catalog photo. Do you play flag football after Thanksgiving dinner? Do your little ones play nicely with their cousins? Does everyone wear stylish clothes?
What does your family look like during holiday gatherings? What do you all do before and after your meal? Does everyone behave? How do your gatherings today compare with the ones when you were growing up? Do you look forward to getting together, or do you dread it?