Christmas is all about celebrating with family and friends, but we’ve noticed an uncomfortable trend that we want to stop — Christmas layabouts.
There’s always someone in your family that just doesn’t get with the program. You know — the one.
It’s that lazy uncle who won’t lift a finger on Christmas Day and sits, instead, in front of the television demanding beer and watching the cricket! If you happen to have one (or several) of these people in your family, it’s no fun, especially when you’re left to do all the work. In fact, it can be downright frustrating and may leave you angry and resentful on this season that you are supposed to be having a swell time.
So, below is a list of ways to get, even the laziest, family members to pull their weight.
It’s your house and so you get to make the rules. Sit down with your guests and tell them how it is.
Sure, it may come off as bossy but try to take a light-hearted approach to it. Christmas is all about good food, great drinks, and wonderful company but someone has to serve the food, make the drinks and clean up from the company, and this someone shouldn’t always just be you. In fact, it should be a team effort. So take one for the team and talk to the slackers in your family about getting off their hineys and helping out! They’re enjoying the day, so they should have a part in it.
2. Have a Chore Chart
Yes, having a chore chart reserved for Christmas can be a huge downer and threaten to take the fun away from the day. But it can also make everything go a lot smoother.
If you relish being extra organised, then you can assign jobs to each family member. Keep it light-hearted and fun.
Jobs to assign can include doing the dishes, unloading and loading the dishwasher, setting the table, wrapping the presents, picking up people from the airport, doing the beer and ice runs and keeping the kids entertained. Hint: Make sure you assign the worst job to the laziest family member! Everyone needs some fun sometimes, including you!
3. Set Up a Team Clean System
Another way to divvy up the chores is to have a couple of people on each ‘clean team.’
You may have three different teams – one group will do the prep work, one will do the serving and one will do the clean up after. That way, when cleaning, you still get to socialise and everyone gets a chance to sit in front of the television with a beer watching the cricket, including you! The clean team system is also a great way to ensure you aren’t overworked or feeling too stretched throughout the day.