Seasonal Strain: How to Avoid 5 Common Holiday Fights

3. Do respect each other's holiday traditions

Whether or not you and your partner share the same religion, every family has their special way of celebrating the holidays. If you’re spending time with your mate’s kin or simply sharing the holidays a deux, do your best to understand, respect and, most importantly, share and enjoy each other’s seasonal ways, no matter how quirky. Lobster in the buff for Christmas dinner? Dig in!

4. Don't give gifts with ulterior motives

Want your man to dress better? Go ahead and fight that (losing) battling some other month. The holiday season is not the time to nag your partner about his or her wardrobe. Give the gift of clothing, especially clothing that isn't exactly his typical style and, at best, the message you send is this: "Your style's okay, but don't you think you'd look better in this?" At worst, you risk relaying this: "I'm embarrassed to be seen with you in public and I may have to break up with you if you don't start dressing better."

5. Don't let the pressure get to you

Just because the rest of the world seems to be spinning out of control -- buying loads of gifts, traveling here, there and everywhere, vowing to turn over a new leaf (for real this time) in the new year -- doesn't mean that you and your mate have to veer too far from your usual routine or speed of the pace of your relationship. Don't let all those holiday engagements or heavy relationship-related resolutions freak you out. Just go about your usual business of enjoying each other, and have a very happy holiday!

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