Wow, where did the time go!?! This Thursday is already Thanksgiving and beyond wearing stretchy pants and oversized sweaters, here are 5 ways to survive the holiday:
- Avoid heavy conversation after eating heavy food.
A lot has happened this year, and your family members will most likely want to talk about it all. If there are certain topics that you know you and your family don’t agree on, do your best to redirect the conversation. Talk about how good the pumpkin pie is or what you all could possibly watch on the TV after dinner. If that doesn’t work, a blatant “Let’s keep things light. It’s a holiday, after all” comment could work.
- If you have multiple feasts, prepare accordingly.
Depending on how your family and friends celebrate the holiday, you could have several lunches or dinners to attend in one day. Plan ahead and know who’s serving what at what time and how you plan to tackle each one. Wear comfortable clothing and try to only “sample” each meal so you have enough room for it all!
- Bring something to every table.
Even if you weren’t assigned a dish to make this year, don’t show up empty-handed. Thanksgiving is all about togetherness and showing gratitude to those you love, so showing up with no contribution is a no-go. When in doubt, bring a bottle of wine or another dessert. More alcohol and dessert is always accepted!
- Have your answers prepared.
If you’re seeing people at Thanksgiving whom you haven’t seen in a while, chances are they are going to inquire about your love life. Be prepared. Answers will vary depending on who the person is and what your relationship is with them, but our favorite response to why you’re single is “I’m not willing to settle.”
- Let go and enjoy!
This is the best tip we can give you. The holidays can be incredibly stressful. We’re not sure why — blame it on family tension, all the preparation, or just the crowds in general, but sometimes they are trying. Do what you can to keep it light, embrace your loved ones, and soak up the joy of being together. It’s not a time to stress and worry — it’s a time to eat, drink, and truly be merry!
We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!