It's an Aussie tradition to have the whole family get together over Christmas to reconnect and share the holidays. It's a great idea, right up until the point where it happens at your house.
Though family's important, there's no getting around the fact that it takes a lot to organise even a small family gathering, which is why today we're giving you a guide on how to survive the holiday season.
Bring on the Beds
Before anything else, make sure you sort out where everyone's sleeping. Obviously the bigger the house the better, but even in a small home you can consider restyling a garage or even a laundry into a temporary bedroom to help guests feel at home.
Remember, a good night's sleep is often the difference between a good mood and a bad one, so don't let sleeping arrangements get away from you.
Keep the Kids Entertained
Family means children, often more than a few. A group of bored kids is a problem just waiting to happen, so try to have something planned for every day the family's staying. Even if it's just a trip to the local park, or seeing a movie, giving the children something to do and (more importantly) having something to tire them out at night, means you'll be able to cut down on the stress of the holiday.
Though usually reserved for the workplace, more and more families are choosing to do a Secret Santa at home to get away from having to buy so many presents and to cut down on costs. If you come from a large family and are dreading the notion of having to buy a bundle of gifts, this can be a great way to simplify the whole process for everyone involved.
At the end of the day, Christmas is a time to put aside any problems and enjoy each other's company. By following some simple steps, you can get past any simple issues and make sure the holidays are a time to relax and reconnect with the people you love.