13 Types Of Relatives You Will Have To Deal With This Holiday Season

13 Types Of Relatives You Will Have To Deal With This Holiday Season

We all have that one relative during the holidays...
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The holidays are full of beautiful decor strung around town, holiday treats and being around loved ones. Well, some of us may be less excited to see family, to be honest. We all have those relatives that may make family events a little more awkward or less fun. Here are the types of family members that you will encounter this Holiday season.

1. The one who is always drinking

As soon as you walk in the door at 11 AM for Thanksgiving dinner, it never fails that the relative has a drink in their hand. It may be a glass of wine or a swig of whiskey. Either way, it will make for some entertaining conversation at the dinner table. 

2. The one that always teases you for something

No matter what is happening in your life, they will always find a way to tease you about it. Most of the time it’s an older cousin that rubs in the fact they are 21 before or they got Nintendo DS before you when you were eight-years-old. I am not ten years old anymore, so you can start treating me like an adult now.

3. The one that is always ready to pick an argument

And most of the time it’s about politics! The 2016 holiday season was REALLY bad. They do not have a filter. Even if it’s not politics, they are never afraid to speak their mind.

4. The one that always asks about college

It is nice that they ask but this is seventh time I have told you what my major is and the fifth time I told you what school I go to. Of course, once you start talking about your major there is always…

5. The one that always tries to talk you out of your major

Whether this is the same person who asks about college or someone who chimes in, they always think that you can go into a better career like becoming a nurse or try to convince you to become a business major. Thanks, but no thanks.

6. The Grandma that keeps offering you food

Now I consider this a blessing at times. A broke college girl like me doesn’t always have the funds to eat a full meal. When Grandma makes food, she not only wants to leave you full but with a food baby to make sure you aren’t hungry again. Even if you are, she will be sure to offer you any sweets that your heart desires. But sometimes, you may think your Grandma is trying to help you gain the “Freshman 15” all in one meal.

7. The inappropriate Uncle

He is always the one that turns family dinners from PG to R. You are always afraid of what will come out of his mouth or how bad it will be.

8. The cousin that brings their brand-new S.O. to the family dinner

No disrespect to people who do this, but if you have been dating for two months, it may be a little too soon to bring the new bf/gf to a major holiday dinner. It just makes it awkward for all of us.

9. The nosy aunt that asks about your love life

No, I do not have a boyfriend. No, I am not talking to anyone. And if you are dating someone, she would be the one to ask, “Is it serious?”, “Have you thought about your future together?”. I DON’T KNOW I AM IN COLLEGE STILL AND TRYING TO GET MY LIFE IN ORDER!

10. The one that eats no matter what time of day it is

They have a pre-lunch snack, a full lunch (like I’m talking three full plates of food), post-lunch dessert, mid-afternoon snack, pre-dinner snack, dinner and post-dinner snack. It is hard to believe they can fit that much food in their body.

11. The one that eats hardly anything

Then you have the exact opposite. They get maybe three items on their plate and don’t even eat all of that! There are starving children in Africa that could eat the quality food that you are having right now!

12. The uncle that tries to be cool and relate to you

You appreciate it, you really do, but they are always a little behind on what is “cool”. He is the guy that thinks the Harlem Shake is still cool.

13. The one that falls asleep after every meal

Who can blame them? Your stomach is full of good food and all is right with the world.

The saying goes that you can’t pick your family and that statement is completely true. No matter how frustrating or annoying they can be, they are family and you love them either way.

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You are blessed and you are loved by many. So please ignore those negative thoughts that tell you otherwise.

You’re a friendly person, a social butterfly, making friends wherever you are, wherever you go. You touch many hearts with your fun personality and caring demeanor.

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However, I understand because there are days when you feel like there is no one to hang out with. All your friends are busy hanging out with someone else or you check your social media and see that all your friends are in their respective groups hanging out and having fun. You question why it’s hard for you to belong anywhere.

But I just want to let you know that you’re important. You’re not overlooked. You’re not forgotten. You are truly loved despite what your inner thoughts are saying in your head. You may not belong to a certain group of friends. But the fact that you are welcomed to so many groups says so much about your personality.

The fact that you have so many friends means that you have many whom you can rely on and who can rely on you.

You’re not the only person who feels this way. In fact, I know this feeling of loneliness. I also feel self-doubt in my ability to have friends and keep them. I, too, question why I can’t have one group of friends that I can constantly rely on.

But I realize now that it’s silly for me and you to feel this way. It’s not about belonging. It’s about doing. It’s about being there for others even if they aren’t there for you. It’s about giving love as much as your heart can allow. It’s not about being special, but making others feel special.

Stop looking for a place to belong. You’re not the type of person that belongs to one group. You’re meant to bring happiness to so many more. Cheers to you who doesn’t belong in one place. You’re a friend that everyone loves, and that should be more than enough to make you realize that you belong in a special place in their hearts.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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