Careful Communication Can Make The Holidays Great

Gathering with family is a time of celebration — but simmering conflict can ruin the night. Here’s a guide to a successful holiday dinner.

Holiday dinners don’t need to be marred by fights. Photo: NDAB Creativity, shutterstock.com

“When are you gonna hear what my mommy and daddy said? They had a fi … they were talking mean to each other.”

1. Calibrate your expectations.

2. Prepare a list of “safe” conversation topics in advance.

3. Plan on how you’ll respond to taboo topics.

4. Monitor your alcohol intake.

5. Have an exit plan.