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Tis the season to be jolly -- and you'll have a very merry Christmas if you check out this holiday video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- A sense of humor
- Peace on earth, good will toward men
Decide on the length of your visit and share this information with everyone immediately so there are no hurt feelings or misunderstandings. If you're staying for a shorter time than your family wants (and you will) blame it on work or your travel arrangements.
Sure, you'll get presents, but they'll probably things you might have wanted back in fourth grade. Grin and bear them, graciously. And provide gift receipts with all the presents you give—maybe next year your family will get the hint and return the favor.
Nothing will make the family cook happier than seeing you enjoy their food, so take two or three very small helpings of everything, which will give the impression you're eating more than you actually are.
Have a drink to settle your nerves, but watch out—the more you indulge, the more likely you are to overeat, wake up with a hangover, or blurt out what you think of your sister's parenting skills.
Bite your tongue. Don't let a thoughtless remark by Aunt Tillie ruin your day, or decide that Christmas Eve is the perfect time to have it out with your obnoxious cousin Ezra.
Prepare in advance for irksome questions. For example, if Grandma Edith always asks why "a beautiful girl like you is still single," plan to reply, "I'm holding out for Mr. Wrong." You'll be less stressed knowing you can shut the meddlers down with a witty retort.
Create a diversion. If the attention shifts to you or is heading down a familiar path that always leads to a fight, take the opportunity to reveal a juicy bit of gossip about another branch of the family that you've saved just for this occasion.
Take your expectations down a few notches, and be appreciative for the effort your family made toward the holidays, even if they weren't successful. No family is perfect. Instead of trying to change yours, enjoy them as they are.