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So, Thanksgiving: the day you have to spend time with possibly unwanted family, and it sucks. Yeah, your aunt might have different opinions than you, and your grandpa won’t leave you alone about x, y, and z, and now you’re forced into an area of family drama. Great. So now I’m going to tell you some ways to deal with your family over the holidays.

Number one: Try not to bring up topics that you and your family have strong opinions on. If someone else brings it up, just try to laugh it off and avoid the situation, even if you’re raging inside. For example, my uncle doesn’t accept a certain topic that I’m very passionate about, so I just don’t say anything about it while I’m around him. That usually works for me.

Number two: Bring games! If the meal is stressful and awkward, try to calm everyone down by pulling out an awesome game of KerPlunk, or Monopoly. Sometimes games can relieve stress. My family loves games, so that usually takes everyone’s minds off of drama.

Number three: Try to crack some jokes! I know, if your family is giving you a hard time, and it’s getting awkward, it can be hard to make a joke, but it’s worth a shot. I’m terrible at telling jokes, and I only make jokes that only me and my friends get.

Number four: Ignore everyone. I got this lovely advice from my friend Brianna Garman. She says, “Ignore everyone and eat food.” I personally have not tried this, but you could use this as a last resort.

Those were some ways to deal with family stress over the holidays. I hope it helps!

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