Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King give advice on how to handle the holidays
America's favorite besties dish on how they maneuver sticky scenarios during the holiday season
The holidays are upon us, which means many of us get to spend significant time with our families. If this thought brings angst, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are here to help.
The women got together for another episode of OprahMag.com’s series, OG Chronicles, and helped us sort through how to handle unwanted gifts from people we love, the best way to thwart awkward political discourse at the dinner table, how couples can settle where they’re spending the holidays, and when parents should let the babies know the truth about Santa.
In the video, these OG’s read viewer letters and then dish their sage advice. Often, they agree. But sometimes they don’t.
For example, when one wife wrote in about her husband’s “terrible” gift-giving choices and requested advice on the best way to let him know she doesn’t like or need his gifts, it was clear Gayle felt bad for the hubby.
“That’s hard because the husband is probably very proud of what he’s done… I don’t know, I don’t want to break his heart either,” Gayle says. “I think you just accept it with grace.”
Oprah said nope.
“No, I don’t think you have to do that. You say, ‘Honey, I think we’ve reached a point where we have everything we need and we really don’t have to exchange gifts anymore,” Oprah said in the video.
Gayle started laughing that knowing her girl laugh, as Oprah continues: “That’s what we did in our house… I had the same issue.
“I was going to say, are you talking from personal experience?” Gayle says, still laughing.
And Oprah told the newly married letter writer who wanted to know how to settle where she and her spouse go for the holidays, that they should spend Thanksgiving with one of their families and then do Christmas with the other side, and then switch it up the following year.
Sounds equitable and wise to me.