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We’ve got to stop drinking with our families at Christmas

OPINION

It is the last thing we want to do this Christmas: drink alcohol in front of our families. You’ll regret this.

Beer advent calendars are proof that Christmas in Australia is synonymous with alcohol.

Why on earth did anyone ever think this was a great idea?

There are always issues in any family.

Somebody didn’t invite someone else to a wedding. Someone started the theory that their cousin’s husband couldn’t read. And everyone is curious about how that sibling, who doesn’t appear to be working, can afford a Mercedes.

It’s just how things are. Every family has certain things they won’t discuss in order to remain in touch.

It’s important to know what to avoid saying. Trust me, you won’t find Mum smoking a cigarette out by the bins because someone asked what people thought of the government.

It is important to keep the family united by not dropping the remote control, as it can be expensive to replace. This will also ruin Dad’s week.

Most of us have become quite good at this.

As you age, you realize that a good relationship is more important than being right.

Save your political discussion for those with whom you do not share blood; instead, discuss topics that are safe and stay away from what people think about Christian Wilkins in dresses.

You’ve just offended your dad by saying that men shouldn’t comment on such a topic.

Mum won’t let anyone eat Christmas lunch until Dad returns. Things are so bad that you have to ask your cousin, who has a fancy job title, what they do.

The Christmas ham that Nan won in July at a local raffle still looks and tastes good, even though it has been frozen.

What do I mean? Mixing alcohol with your children is rarely a good idea.

You’re already stressed out about Christmas, but do you want to add alcohol to the mix? Does anyone want Uncle Dave to have his inhibitions lowered?

When he is stone-cold sober, the man feels comfortable telling others that they have gained weight. Are we sure this is when we want Aunty Suzie to let loose? She shares unfounded conspiracy theories on Facebook without even drinking the Christmas shiraz.

It is never acceptable to insult mums’ Christmas decorations. We have indeed all bought into the notion that champagne is festive. But what brings real cheer to the holiday season is not getting into a family fight over your aunt’s comment from a year earlier.

Why would we want to add alcohol to the equation when people have known each other their entire lives?

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