Avoiding The Thanksgiving Drama

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Chances are you are hanging out with people you love and maybe some people that you don’t even like.

Let’s be honest for a minute.

I think that most of us have some relatives that annoy us.

Is there anything we can do to avoid the Thanksgiving drama?

Of course you and I can’t control other people’s behavior, we can only control our own so here are some survival tips to help get through the holidays.

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to let you see your friends and family through your Father’s eyes. (Your relatives are not as bad as you think they are.)
  • Don’t take the bait. If the same patterns of behavior happen every year you know what is coming. Be prepared for it. Stay calm and don’t take the bait.
  • Think of some way to sincerely say ‘Thank You” to the person that is bugging you. Surely they have done something nice at some point in your life. (It is Thanksgiving after all)
  • Ask yourself, “What do they want?” and try to give it to them. For example, if a certain member of the family wants to be the center of attention, then give them some undivided attention.
  • Talk less and listen more. Ask questions and then really listen to their answers.
  • Pray for a peaceful holiday and speak scriptures over your day.

Here is a scripture that helps me a lot: ‘Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath’ James 1:19

I promise, if you do these things you will be more thankful for Thanksgiving.

Mark Harper

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