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The Ugly Side of Family Gatherings

We see you started panicking already..

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Some call them quality time, but to others, family gatherings ‘ruffle their feathers‘. For the most part, family gatherings evoke images of warmth, laughter, and cherished memories. However, there are moments of wanting to go home, be alone, and emotionally recover from the whole ordeal. Nothing is worse than when your mother says something so embarrassing it sends the whole room into a chilling silence. From questions about weight loss to uncomfortable conversations, a lot can turn this supposed-to-be quality time into a living nightmare. 

DAD JOKES

Prepare yourself for a streak of unfunny jokes with punchlines that may or may not have expired 17 years ago. You can do yourself a favor by trying to open some serious conversations to skip this part altogether, or you can just be mean and not laugh, but you’ll feel bad about it later. 

WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED

This question isn’t avoidable, don’t even try. In these situations, we just give that smirk, you know it? Because, is there even an appropriate answer? Otherwise, we’ll just act as mean as Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You, and we don’t want to spoil the gathering.

FAMILY’S MEAN AUNT: YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR MOM’S BEAUTY

Really, what am I supposed to say to that? Some uncle or aunt will pop out of nowhere to tell you you’re ugly but in other words. What’s in it for you? Congratulations uncle/aunt, you’ve won the award for being the meanest one in the room.

REMEMBER WHEN..? 

Censored content follows. Any conversation starting with a ‘remember when’ in a family gathering will include embarrassing situations, scandals, and mainly offensive content. Whoever starts this conversation is in it to stir up the pot. 

YOU SHOULD START LOSING WEIGHT

Or you’ve become so skinny! Aren’t they feeding you well? Sincerely why do you care if I lose or gain weight? Who even gave you the right to speak about this stuff? Usually, whoever tells you this line is lowkey an insecure person trying to reflect their insecurities on you. This is where we pretend we did not hear it.

MY SON IS BETTER THAN YOURS.. JUST SAYING..

These frustrating, unnecessary comparisons that eventually turn into inappropriate arguments. To the parents who start this kind of conversations, do you know how catty you are? We really recommend that you take a chill pill.

What about you? What rears it’s ugly end at your family gatherings?

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