How to be a heavenly houseguest -- and keep your sanity

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    Nov 14, 2007 2:35 AM GMT
    "Shuffling through airport security in your socks or sitting in traffic may seem like a breeze compared with the stresses of settling in under the same roof with family.

    You got through the airport gauntlet and you're home for the holidays. Now you have to face your family.

    Tensions often run high during the holidays, but there are polite and effective ways to manage those tricky interactions."

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/traveltips/11/13/holiday.houseguest/index.html
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 14, 2007 2:39 AM GMT
    It always helps if you can be polite and then leave to your own home. Fortunately I don't have issues with the holidays, but in the past.... and I hear about others.

    Happy Thanksgiving!icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 14, 2007 2:52 AM GMT
    I have found that I need "down time" when I visit for a few days. So I withdraw to my room and read. I find the hosts also like this as it gives them time to relax too.
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    Nov 14, 2007 2:57 AM GMT
    I have found that the best way to save my sanity when visiting my family is to rent the largest suite in a 4 star hotel at least a half hour away...
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    Nov 14, 2007 3:04 AM GMT
    The down time is key. And everyone needs it, right?
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    Nov 14, 2007 3:58 AM GMT
    This is why I hate Thanksgiving .....
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    Nov 14, 2007 4:11 AM GMT
    What is why?
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    Nov 14, 2007 2:20 PM GMT
    People must be masochistic to get together every year with people who they know will drive them batshit. One should feel free to spend holidays with people they know will lift their spirits, like friends. Tradition can really suck.
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    Nov 14, 2007 2:59 PM GMT
    Once a year! Once a year! You cant spend one day a year with your family???? ... icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 14, 2007 3:02 PM GMT
    Why should someone do that if all it does is make them and others miserable?
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    Nov 14, 2007 6:08 PM GMT
    If you spent the day exercising your "better person" personality, you wouldnt make everybody else miserable.
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    Nov 14, 2007 6:18 PM GMT
    I wasn't suggesting it was a one way street. You can see for yourself there are lots of people for whom these holidays do nothing but cause stress. I say avoid the whole thing. Tradition isn't necessarily a good thing and faking that warm, fuzzy feeling could be painful.

    Personally, after having experienced this holiday over 40 times, I'm sick of it. I'm sick of turkey, dressing, plastic table cloths, good silver, china, pitching in to do dishes, tolerating a football game on tv, tolerating little brats screaming all day and pretending it's cute. Bah humbug!