Autumn is my favourite time of year with cooler weather, leaves changing colours from green to beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows, and wonderful pumpkin spice and apple pie smells everywhere. Of course, it’s also time for the infamous Thanksgiving supper to “enjoy” with family – those you love and those you have to figure out how to tolerate. We like to picture the idyllic Norman Rockwell family, but let’s not fool ourselves; most families are far from the Norman Rockwell ideal. Thanksgiving can bring a lot of stress and personality clashes.
Here are some tips on how to survive Thanksgiving with the family.
1. Find companions. They are the family members who also get annoyed at the same crazy family ways. You will be able to help each other deal with troublesome family members. Make sure your glass is always full, and find cover when explosions hit the ceiling.
2. Bring a buffer. Bring a friend from outside the family. There is a good chance that your family will behave better and try to make a good impression if there is a stranger around.
3. Volunteer to arrange the seating plan. This way you can keep the people who rub each other the wrong way at different ends of the table, keep your companions close to you and place the children beside individuals who can keep them entertained and in line.
4. Avoid hot-button issues. Topics such as politics, the economy or spirituality are topics to steer clear of and to change in any way possible. Many people have strong opinions on these topics and it can cause very heated discussions to happen at the dinner table, making it uncomfortable for everyone else.
Here are two articles that will give you a few more tips to help you survive Thanksgiving with your family this year.
Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and remember, you love your family even if there are times at the dinner table that you wonder how you could even possibly be related!
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“On the morning of Thanksgiving, I would wake up to the home smelling of all good things, wafting upstairs to my room. I would set the table with the fancy silverware and china and hope that my parents and grandmother wouldn’t have the annual Thanksgiving fight about Richard Nixon.” – Debi Mazar