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10 Things You'll Hear At Christmas Dinner, Like It Or Not

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If you're overwhelmed and tired, imagine how the kids feel by the of the day.

Remember the days of sleeping in late on Christmas morning and enjoying a leisurely breakfast with your spouse before heading off to visit family? You might have had a hangover from the night before but you had time to recover. And if you didn’t want to stay very long, you could just make an appearance. Oh, the pre-kid days!

Now in all likelihood, you have been running around like a chicken with no head just trying to get it all done. Christmas Eve is the last mad rush to have everything ready for Santa: gifts wrapped, cookies baked, and kids in bed. The following Christmas morning chaos usually begins somewhere around 5am. Then the unwrapping begins, along with breakfast, never ending streams of shiny paper and putting together all those toys! The worst part might just be unleashing the toys from the packages themselves. Surely, by 11am, you’re already exhausted….and then it’s off to see the family.

Yep, kids bring about a whole new meaning to the family holidays and when you’re already dealing with the craziness of the holiday season that occurs in most families, sometimes it helps to just accept that some things will never change. Your family, like many, might just always be crazy, like it or not. Sometimes it helps to mentally prepare so I’ve come up with a list of 10 things you’ll likely hear at Christmas dinner in the hope that you might let it all go in one ear and out the other when it actually goes down on Sunday:


  • Aunt Freidas recent operation 1 of 10
    Aunt Freidas recent operation
    The surgeon was in a bad mood, the nurse was late, and the lingering pain was hideous, not to mention the scar (which you will hopefully be spared in seeing it up close and personal).
  • The story of when your husband got lost, ate dirt, lost his first tooth straight from his mother 2 of 10
    The story of when your husband got lost, ate dirt, lost his first tooth straight from his mother
    Yes, you've heard this same story so many times, you can recite it word for word, but let her indulge. Haven't you told stories of your precious baby more than once? Still, if you simply can't take it, it's the perfect time for a diaper change, feeding, or bathroom break.
  • Sibling bickering 3 of 10
    Sibling bickering
    And not from your own kids (although that will happen, too) but your siblings and in-laws. It always come down to who was the favorite child, who does all the work, who got the best presents, even when masked behind very adult conversations. And nothing helps the rivalry rear its ugly head like alcohol.
  • A slight inflection of an uptight in-law’s voice 4 of 10
    A slight inflection of an uptight in-law's voice
    which will immediately mark her annoyed state. Most likely you'll hear it more than once because she's constantly annoyed. She may look cool on the outside, but inside she looks like this! Two words: her problem.
  • An outright scream and not from your kids 5 of 10
    An outright scream and not from your kids
    Whether an overdramatic relative or just a high pitched talker, there is always a loudmouth.
  • An outright scream from your own kid or someone elses 6 of 10
    An outright scream from your own kid or someone elses
    Let's face it, Christmas Day is a long day for the kids. They get just as tired and cranky as we do and will get into squabbles at some point.
  • A veiled insult… 7 of 10
    A veiled insult...
    that will leave you wondering if you should be offended or not. "You look tired." "You'll lose the baby weight." "Isn't your daughter/son talking/walking/ finding a cure for cancer? Mine is."
  • A plea asking if you can leave… 8 of 10
    A plea asking if you can leave...
    either from your child or husband (and hopefully not from yourself, although that is entirely plausible).
  • A statement so horrific that it becomes something youll remember for years. 9 of 10
    A statement so horrific that it becomes something youll remember for years.
    Our Things A Mother-in-Law Should Never Utter To A Daughter-in-Law proved that MILs often choose Christmas Day to behave the worst. One reader, Tina says, "My MIL visited my biological family at Christmas one year and said when she walked in the door: ‘Gee, Tina you didn't tell me your entire family had a weight problem!"
  • Don’t hit her. Stop touching that. Get down. Let go. Lets go. Sit down. 10 of 10
    Don't hit her. Stop touching that. Get down. Let go.  Lets go. Sit down.
    And these will be said anywhere from 10 to 100 times depending on how many kids are gathered in one room.
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Is there one thing you are just dreading hearing over Christmas dinner this year?

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