Awkward family moments at Christmas… 33



View Profile

Ahhh, Christmas, its is that awesome time of year where we line up for weekends beforehand to spend time with those people in our family that we don’t see for sometimes up to a year at a time.  You know the ones… Do you have some like this?

Your cousin Margaret who has a penchant for telling you for hours on end just how perfect her daughter is in every way, even though you know many of the stories are inflated gumpf.

Your nephew who each year brings along to the family party a pretty young thing to fawn over him who looks ever so similar to the one he brought last year and the year before but is definitely not the same girl.

Your niece who has three adorable if rather noisy and annoying young children who insist on ripping open every present at an astounding pace then turning around to ask for more, disappointed, never saying thank-you.

Your brother in law, Bob who sits quietly in the corner nursing a bottle of red and rolling his eyes.

Your uncle who is  on his fourth wife, who is in fact the same age as his first son’s  wife, has just had another child.  Sound familiar?

Maybe even a cousin who fancies herself as a girl of the playboy mansion, complete with boob job, miniskirts and uber-bleached hair.

Families in my opinion make for the best entertainment, and I am blessed with a large, messy one thanks to several marriages, divorces, and extra rounds of children that joined us along the way.  It makes for a great Christmas that we can all smile about and enjoy implicitly

It is funny how we all see ourselves at the epicentre of “our family” and at Christmas, we battle to stay that.

The awkwardness starts when we start debating who will be the host each year and the debate hots up.  Top of the list sits the person who didn’t host last year.  Bottom of the list sits the person without a pool, but don’t tell them because they might get offended.

The moment we all dread and yet get very excited about at the same time is the first time a son or daughter turns up with the new love of their life for a Christmas dream come true only to have the whole family’s dirty laundry on display (see above for those delights).  You forget how much an outsider can find out about your family by watching Christmas day unfold from start to finish, from greed to drunk in 15 hours.

The moment when someone doesn’t have a reciprocal gift will always be there, and the reaction you have to have is a careful one.  No one likes someone else to feel ungraciously received, except those who do… sometimes unfortunate.

And then we have the competitive cooking competition as everyone strives to be the best.  Competitive dish cooking hit an all time extreme in our family when there was three new wives and mothers in the family, all trying to prove their usefulness to their mother in law.  Over the years some of  the men have stepped in and started to cook too and the womens competition has calmed a little.  Do the members of your family “cook” to compete?

And in final we pay tribute to the fart jokes, that we can never manage to escape.  Why is it that Christmas always descends to toilet humour when all the family gets together.

Tell us about the awkward, amusing or entertaining moments at Christmas in your family.  We’d  love to hear your stories. 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. My grandmother used to say every year, this will be my last Christmas, she loved food it was the thing in life that as she got older that she really loved, so we would give her all the best things, like the crackling off our plates just in case it was her last year. She has been saying that for at least the last 20 years, before she died she was 98 years old and gee I still miss her and would gladly give my crackling just to have her there for one more Christmas

    1 REPLY
  2. What I wanted for Xmas was to stay at home and do nothing. Instead we would travel an hour each way spending a whole day stuffing our faces on food I disliked as no one cooked vegetarian food but me. Sitting amongst all that dead meat was no happy ho ho ho for me. Then I would end up washing up after thirty people which would take the best part of the afternoon. Now happily I go away we are just our own little family I cook they cook we all clean. Then do nothing

    4 REPLY
    • Has never worried my family that while they eat the prawns, pork etc. I have a potato salad roll as usual.😀

    • We had our lovely family Christmas lunch at a nice restaurant with lake views last Sunday, neutral ground everyone ordered before we went so knew what we were getting to eat. Bonbons with silly jokes. Opened gifts in grounds beside the lake. Great day

    • Merry Christmas Bea, hope the weather is amicable not to hot, have fun not time for stress how needs that. Lol.

  3. One year at my mother-in-laws my brother-in-law and I were delayed coming to the table because we talked too much. Sat down and there was virtually nothing left – we kinda just looked at each other and didn’t say anything. Cleaning up afterwards we found our gorgeous mum who we all loved dearly had left all the roast Veges in the oven – not one person noticed….

  4. Actually these days there are not as many of us and we are reasonably civilised.
    In Christmases way, way back the whole family went to my brother and sister in laws house and it was a riot!
    I miss those old Christmases, we all had so much fun. There just got to be too many of us!

  5. We decided one year to try and have a family Christmas we had a brother who you would never know if he would turn up or not,this particular year i asked my mother what gift she was buying our brother and mum answered “a carton of beer and if he doesn’t turn up we’ll drink it ” he must of known because he did come that year and we had a lovely time.

  6. I remember one Christmas the ppl i boarded with went to their family for Christmas Lunch I was left at home with nothing but couple slices of bread and butter .. while my cousins were 5miles down the road having a slap up lunch…. i was told later they didnt want me there … i have never ever forgotten that Christmas……….. needless to say i hardly speak to any of them anymore

    1 REPLY
    • Wow that awful Cheryl I hope you have had better ones as the years have gone on. Merry Christmas anyway Cheryl. 😊🌲😊🌲😊🌲

  7. I am married to a Vietnam Veteran who has always made our Christmas hell but being with family is what it is all about so I smile and just enjoy my family whether they get drunk, fart or tell bad jokes.

    1 REPLY
    • Wendy, blessings for Christmas. I once met a Vietnam Vet who was a tunnel rat. Boy, the anger and intensity in his conversation at a party was incredible. When he drew breath, I thanked him for his service to our country. The Army told him to go there, and he did. He did his job, a dirty, hard, fearful job and he survived. So, I thank your husband too.

  8. we like to spend christmas with our grandkids its a 11hr drive yes thats 11 hrs each year love seeing the kidsfaces when they open their presents & christmas paper all over the floor & happy faces & full bellies after christmas lunch !!

  9. I used to love the whole sheebang of Christmas….food, drinks, drunks, arguments, happiness, whatever it turned out to be. Now we have divorced children, new partners, family not talking to each other so we never know what’s happening from one year to the other.
    Next year we have decided to go on a cruise and leave them all to it.
    Christmas is a gas!!!! Well, it must be if your relatives are breaking wind! Lol.
    Merry Christmas to you all.

    2 REPLY
    • Yes I so understand where your coming from.
      My daughter said your not welcomed here– I’m not everyone’s caterer/ or carer. Lol.
      Merry christmas!!

  10. Christmas Day was always at my mums with all the family! I remember those hot days with mum cooking a baked dinner, sweating away in the kitchen! Now, we go to the beach for a casual lunch and swim. The grandkids love it and it’s very relaxed…no cleaning required! I used to love Christmas…now it’s just a reminder of all I had…and will never have again! My mum,dad and sisters …all gone! What I would give to have it all back …just once…! Love and enjoy your family, because you will miss them when they are not around! Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *