This month’s Ask Coach Kathy is about Christmas with your in-laws and how it can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be.
My husband and I are hosting Christmas Eve dinner, as usual. My mother-in-law is a nice lady, but for the past 6 years that we’ve hosted a holiday day dinner, she doesn’t fail to remind me that she misses doing it. Our kids love their grandparents, but really want to be home on Christmas Eve.
How can I make her happy instead of sullen?
It’s tough to let go of traditions. When the time comes when we must pass the holiday scepter to another family member, it’s important to create a new tradition to take the place of the old tradition. You might want to ask your mother-in-law for one of your husband’s favorite holiday recipes that she used to make. By making the dish, you will keep your mother-in-law’s holiday memory alive. Try a different recipe of hers each year.