Holidays are a time to rejoice and reflect with loved ones on events that have happened in the past, remark on the present, and discuss preparations for the future. Although we all come to the holidays with the best of intentions, the truth is that the people closest to us are also most likely to be the ones to push our buttons.

Sibling rivalry often rears its ugly head and can bring up a range of emotions. Add a couple of cocktails and we have a recipe for disaster.

The best way to come close to the story book holidays we imagine is to stay positive and supportive of one another. As hard as it may be, attempt to laugh off anyone’s trespasses, insults, and back handed remarks.

Many of us learn this the hard way, but it’s important to stay away from sensitive subjects such as religion, politics, sex, etc.

Realize that EVERYONE has flaws, especially those closest to you as it’s those people who you spend the most time with. You have all the power to make the holidays enjoyable by putting the fun in dysfunction.

Eat, drink, and be merry.

Happy Holidays.