How To Make It Through a Family Get Together

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Tis’ the season for fat pants, excessive spending and tons of family drama. While we do love our families (and delicious foods), let’s be honest, sometimes our large family get togethers make the Adams family look normal. So, here are some tips that just might help you get through your family Thanksgiving tomorrow:

Come Prepared

It’s important to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically for all the excitement, love and craziness that goes along with a family get together. Remind yourself that you love these people and are psyched to see them. Also, remember to prepare some sort of delicious dish. Then you have a topic of diversion and a conversation starter.

So have you tried the apple pie that I made?

Well, that’s nice. I’m just going to grab another piece of pie. I’ll be back.

               (then run far away)

Have Allies

Find a family member or members that you can rely on to help you get through all the family drama. They’ll be the ones you can vent to or share looks of frustration with when your family is going off the deep end. Plus, they’ll make sure you stay sane during those episodes of family craziness.


We all know you’ve been taking that yoga class, or at the very least sporting your yoga pants as you watch Snookie and JWow take lamaze classes. Either way, you know that breathing can make a big difference. So when you’re aunt asks you about marriage and kids for the millionth time, take a few deep breaths and exhale all your frustrations.

Have Witty Comebacks Prepared

If breathing isn’t doing it for you (and you’re brave enough), have some witty comebacks prepared for all those annoying or inappropriate questions and comments. The shock may give you just enough time to get away.

Question: When are you finally going to settle down?

Comeback: Oh, I just haven’t been able to find the right man for me and my future sister wives.

Question: So when are you going to have kids?

Comeback: If you want to know how often we have sex, you can just ask. You don’t have to be coy about it.

When all else fails …


Bust out that bottle of wine you’ve been saving or spike your cup of punch. It’s guaranteed to make your family bonding experience feel that much warmer. If nothing else, you’ll definitely fit in with all your crazy family members. Just make sure to keep the booze away from them.

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How do you deal with difficult family members? Do you have a strategy that you use to make it through family get togethers and holidays? Or do you just run off to do some Black Friday shopping?

  • Nadine

    Love the list! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!!

    • Eternally WanderLyn

      Thank you! It was amazing to see my two lovely nieces. :) I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving too!

  • Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie

    hahahaha, really cute (and smart!)

    • Lynsey @ Eternally WanderLyn

      Thank you, Caitlin! I know we can all use a little help to get through some of those family get together. 😉