It's Thanksgiving Eve and that means it's time to eat some turkey, watch some football and start thinking about shopping. As you likely know, Thanksgiving is the celebration of the founding of Macy's and a the Native American tradition of being uncomfortable around loved ones or the loved ones of loved ones. Ancient, all of it. Here's some stuff to get you through the Tryptophan, the Dallas Cowboys and relative who "usually doesn't drink."
The home office, your friendly neighborhood YourTango, has six tips for reducing holiday agita (I'll give you agita!). Good tips for any family gathering. Particularly ones that involve decorations and copious amounts of food.
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Hendrie Weisinger, writing for the venerable Huffington Post, has a deeper glance at fighting family gathering anxiety. I could have used this before I poured my sister's disgusting "lite" gravy all over her daughter's bedspread.
Speaking of things you really shouldn't do, The Frisky has checklist of ten pretty basic holiday with his family faux pas to avoid. Somehow "letting a huge belch to let everyone know you're done" didn't make the list.
The crew at Lemondrop does not like to be put in a corner, not booze-browed. They have a handy-dandy list of how NOT to get caught sitting next to the holiday booze-bag. I'd consider the kids table.
Remember, In Vino Veritas. The team at Glo knows the phrase well and a few tipples of cooking sherry may have your MIL (mother-in-law) in your grill for real because there are a few things she wants to tell you.
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And sometimes the nightmare is in the asking. Em & Lo (EmAndLo.com) ask their man panel when it's appropriate to invite a fellow home for Thanksgiving. I'd say 6-months if your mom is a marvelous cook and 2 years if she's not.