Why not be emotionally prepared this year? In the spirit of giving, Larainy has gathered some tips for getting through your family gathering without a restraining order being filed.
Don't remark on cousin Frederick's weight gain, or ask why he is always wearing that silly grin. Stephanie and the boys are humiliated enough by a brother that goes around with a tea cozy on his head.
When Aunt Eugenia approaches with a plate bearing a suspicious prickly orb surrounded by crackers and says,
don't assume that she is issuing a passive-aggressive challenge to the masculine family honor.
Don't imagine that all Loretta and the kids want to eat is candy canes. Can't you see that little Meagan's teeth are already rotting right out of her head?
Keep your eye on Wendell.
That's all I'm going to say.
Don't make the mistake of forgetting the names of your sister's kids again this year. Repeat after me... Jayelle, Jay, Jayson, Jacie, Jade and Jaden
Bite your tongue and don't take the bait when Sherry sidles up to your husband and thanks him for the leather coat. It's obviously vinyl.
Practice diplomacy but watch Aunt Betty's foreign exchange students like a hawk. Remember the family motto "Trust but Verify" while washing up the family silver.
When Alicia whips out her tutu and starts leaping over the coffee table and pirouetting into the Christmas tree, don't laugh when Uncle Fritz shouts, "Why don't you get to the point?" It only encourages him.
Don't feel the need to point out the obvious about Merrianne's fiance. Everyone already knows he was born on the wrong side of the tracks.
When Grandma loses her glasses again, don't be so quick to accuse Clarissa. She gets blamed for everything.
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