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Lisanne Iriks – WAToday

Family Conflict & Mediation Expert

How to avoid family holiday drama this year: Top tips from an expert

Christmas should be a time of joy and celebration, a time for families to slow down, come together, be grateful, eat, drink and be merry.

But unfortunately life isn’t always like a Christmas movie, and many families also bring unresolved tensions and stress to the Christmas table, which can completely ruin the festive cheer.

If you’re worried about navigating a tricky family situation this Christmas, use my top 10 conflict mediation tips to help avoid family fights and drama this festive season and keep your catch-ups merry and bright.

  • Set realistic expectations

Understand that perfection is unattainable. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself or others during the festive season. It only leads to disappointment.

  • Communicate openly

Clear communication is key. Discuss plans, expectations, and potential issues with family and friends before Christmas Day to avoid any misunderstandings.

  • Plan ahead

Plan events and activities well in advance. This can help avoid last-minute stress and any disagreements over plans. If your Christmas Day or Boxing day plans are causing stress have a conversation about them now, so nothing is left unsaid or undone come Christmas week.