You might need to keep with me on this one, before you get all up in arms about me calling families ‘imperfect’ – it just worked in the title. Growing up I was usually the odd child out as I didn’t have the perfect 2.4 family; there were step parents, new partners, step brothers, brothers, half-brothers, step grandparents and large extended families. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it – I loved the fact there was always someone to chat with or play with on Christmas day, that we had a million and one places to visit and people to see. However, I knew I was different in that whole family respect.
But, that’s kinda the norm now a days, so much so that from a recent survey over 15% of people said they had a step-sibling. I bet if this survey had been carried out in the early 90s that figure would have been a lot lower. People are more likely to do what’s right for them, and not stick together ‘for the sake of the kids’. Families are more welcoming of extra children in terms of step/half siblings. Not only that, but there is no longer such a social stigma attached to having a ‘non-traditional’ family structure.
Now, when you have a great big mixing pot of families coming together on the big day it can lead to some tensions – although we have been quite lucky in avoiding these. Apparently 42% of people surveyed said they felt like they needed legal assistance in family law, like Slater & Gordon Solicitors.
I think the issues we may have this Christmas are not quite on the solicitors scale yet, although you never know. This year we have 9 people round at my mums for Christmas dinner and all with very different eating habits. Tis year my mum (thankfully not me), has to cater for 2 vegetarians, 1 lactose intolerant, 2 very fussy eaters and a dairy hater. So basically hell for a cook. Maybe we might just have to crack open the wine we got on our recent trip to France and hope that keeps everyone happy.
I know no one will actually care all that much or make a fuss, as at the end of the day it’s all about sharing fun and chat with the ones you love in life, whether that’s part of a 2.4 family, a family you have chosen or a rag tag of people from every part of your life.
Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?