Thanksgiving has been an annual tradition for your family. You spend time with each other and celebrate the good things that happened during the year. Unfortunately, it is also the time when family members start discussing issues, and the dinner instantly turns into an awkward moment. Instead of having fun, everyone becomes quiet and is no longer interested in eating.
Imagine if you were hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year, and no one ate the meal you prepared for several hours. You also cleaned your house for days and repaired everything that needed maintenance. No one will notice what you did because the celebration will be over. You might even see people walking out of your house because they are no longer in a festive spirit.
As the host, you can stop this from happening. You don’t want to waste everything that you worked hard for because some people in your family can’t control their temper. You also want your family to be happy and enjoy themselves over this holiday. You need to prevent them from fighting at the dinner table by letting them discuss issues before Thanksgiving.
You need to call your family members to confirm their attendance for the event. Let them know what you are preparing, and what time you need them to be there. While you are on the line, you can ask them if they have issues with anyone who is going to the event. You don’t want them to discuss the problems at your house. You can ask those who have conflicts to call each other and settle their differences. If you are one of them, you need to call the person you have problems with.
Set up a meeting
If the people involved can’t settle their differences over the phone, you can set up a meeting where they can start talking to each other until they air everything out. It does not mean you are forcing forgiveness and amends. You do not want them to make your house their avenue to discuss the problems. At some point, they will start venting their issues with each other, so it is better to do it now while they are still in a private place.
Thanksgiving this year will be fun
Since you already asked everyone to settle their differences, you can expect this year’s celebration to be different than the other years. There will be no screams and yells over the dinner table. You also don’t need to hide the kids because the adults in the room are acting like children. To ensure that the dinner will be stress-free, you can book a table in any of the Upper West Side restaurants that you fancy. When you take everyone to another place, they will be on their best behavior. They will stop fighting with each other. They know other people are watching, so they will try their best to contain their emotions.
You want this year’s celebration to be exciting and fun. People will look back at this year and realize that they had so much fun since there were no awkward issues brought up while eating.