Holidays are fraught with meaning and memory. And angst and bitter resentment. Thanksgiving is particularly hard because there aren't gifts to unwrap or eggs to hunt. If you are stuck in a group of relatives you find less than palpable, here are some tried and true ways to survive:
Look at that pass! Start talking sports. It's an easy way to get most of the men, at least, to talk about something innocuous. Also, turn your attention to the Lion's game. Revel in the fact that they and their fans are way more miserable than you.
Help in the kitchen. If you don't [or aren't allowed to] cook, set the table, wash dishes, take out the trash. Stay busy. It'll keep you out of the line of fire.
Entertain the kids. Even if you hate children, their company is far more preferable to listening to your racist uncle or fending off questions from your over-intrusive aunt. Bring a deck of cards and teach them Go Fish or Texas Hold 'Em.
Booze/Xanax. I am not a proponent of self-medication, but . . .
What are your tried and true methods to survive Thanksgiving?
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