How To: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

The holidays are the perfect time to get in some quality time with family. For families who don’t live near each other, it may be one of the only times during the year they get together. Renting a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains can be a great way to get everyone together, whether it’s just immediate family or a big group of extended relatives.

And while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas meal, an Easter brunch, or a fun 4th of July lunch with the family can be great, we all know that holidays with the family can also bring with them certain stresses. Planning, packing, paying…it’s all a bit tougher with several family units.

We have some beautiful 3-5 bedroom and large group cabins that work well for families, giving you the space and amenities you need to feed, sleep, and entertain Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, the kids, aunts and uncles, and everyone in between. We’re also here to help with the logistics. Give us a call at 800.684.7865 to speak to one of our vacation planners. Let them know what you’re looking for (amenities, space, location, etc.), and they can help you find the perfect fit for your family during the holidays.

And beyond a place to stay, we have some tips on how to enjoy (survive sometimes) the holidays with family and make your vacation as seamless as possible. Read on for some easy ways to make this holiday season with the family one to remember – for all the right reasons.

Have realistic expectations for yourself and others.
With so many people to feed and keep happy, it can be easy to overextend yourself. Know what you’re able to do and be willing to delegate. Ask family members to pitch in with the meal or decorating. You can even do some prep work the night before, so you aren’t trying to do the entire meal in just a few hours.

Let go of control.
Family is tough sometimes. And because they’re family, you know that. Go into the holidays knowing that you can’t control others. Try to be understanding of each other’s differences and, even more, embrace them. Remember that there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen (figuratively and literally), and it’s okay if you’re not always the one in charge.

Be flexible.
The holidays don’t always go as planned. Actually, they very rarely go as planned. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Be willing to eat at a different time, crack open that pre-made pumpkin pie if yours doesn’t turn out, or let the kids leave the table and just run around a bit instead of finishing their green beans.

You may also have others who have specific requests for the menu. Be willing to mix it up, even if you love coconut in your sweet potato pie and your aunt hates it. The more flexible you can be with food, schedules, and family – the better.

Build in some downtime.
As with almost anything, too much of a good thing is bad. It can be tempting to pack your holiday getaway with activities every minute, but downtime creates some of the best family memories. Work some downtime into your schedule so you can enjoy peaceful moments (and maybe a nap) after your meal. You can play board games, watch the parade, and just enjoy being with family without any plans.


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