How to Survive Thanksgiving with Your Family

For a lot of families, Thanksgiving is a great time to get together and reminisce over the past year. However, many of us have difficult family members that can make gatherings stressful and difficult. If you fall into this second group, here are a few tips on how to survive Thanksgiving.

  • Don’t talk politics. This painful election season will be over by Thanksgiving, but they will likely be plenty of stricken voters across the country, possibly in your family. If you have some intensely political family member, avoid discussing the issue. If they bring it up, tell them you don’t want to talk about it and ask them something about their lives.
  • Welcome newcomers. New family members can often feel uncomfortable at big family gatherings. Try to welcome them in by letting them in on family traditions and jokes.
  • Don’t take criticism to heart. If you aunt insists on asking you when you’re going to have kids at every family event, try to laugh it off and let it slide.
  • Try something new. If every family event includes some sort of drama, try starting some new traditions this year. The new activities may help distract your family from the usual bickering.

Do you have a difficult time at your family Thanksgiving? How do you avoid the drama?

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