It's that time of year again. The holidays are officially upon us, which means it's time to start attending those family dinners and get-togethers. Not too sure you're ready to face your family for a holiday shindig? We get it. Check out these top 10 things you need to survive yet another holiday dinner with the family!
1. Comfy Ear Plugs/Muffs
Just smile and nod when you see Aunt Margaret's lips moving and you’ll avoid lengthy discussion on why you're still single.
2. Teeth Whitening Strips
Sometimes you just have to smile and let things go. Flash those pearly whites whenever the conversation gets uncomfortable or out of control and with any luck the conversation will switch to how great you look. Or they’ll be temporarily blinded. That works too!
3. A Killer Body
Doctors say that when your body feels better, your mind feels better, and you feel less stress. In addition, showing up for dinner with a killer body will give you a reason to gloat at dinner! (I didn’t say it would do anything for your sense of humility!) If you don’t have a gym membership, try one of these dvd workouts: Zumba Fitness, Shaun T's INSANITY, Circuit Burnout 90. Or you could plunk down the cash for your own treadmill, stair climber, or elliptical.
4. Extra Toilet Paper
No, no we are not suggesting people will get an upset stomach from your cooking. However, few things are more embarrassing than running out of toilet paper when company is over. Trust me. I know.
5. RESOLVE Stain Removal Spray
Planning to serve red wine or some other type of dark-colored beverage and worried about splashes ruining your furniture, rugs or carpets? Well, this is why you're going to want to pick up a bottle of Resolve. It’s still the best stain remover in our humble opinions.
6. Self Help?
I was recently approached in my local bookstore by a salesperson pitching the book Living Successfully with Screwed Up People. I must have had the Thanksgiving panic attack look on my face. Since most of us have dysfunctional families to one degree or another, there are a ton of self help books available on the subject.
7. Alcohol...Yes, Alcohol
While we can’t recommend drinking to excess, bringing a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or whatever your relative's favorite indulgence is may help smooth the way.
8. A Paper ‘Mate’
No, we’re not talking ink pens here. If you’re single and tired of getting the “Are You Dating Anyone” question or worse the look of pity when you show up without a guest, get yourself a paper “Mate.” Go to www.Match.com to find the guy of your family’s dreams and voila! (Note: Actually dating the guy is completely optional and most likely discouraged.) Talk Fabio up at dinner all you want. Just be prepared to have a big (paper) breakup before they expect to see him at the next dinner.
9. A New Perspective
Yes, we joke about how spending time with family can be painful. But in truth, there are lots of people who have no family and would love the chance to taste their mother's dry turkey or fabulous sweet potato pie just one more time. Consider donating some time at your local food pantry or soup kitchen.
10. An Awesome Dessert
And last but definitely not least, every party deserves a sweet ending. Wow the guests with an awesome dessert or two. If you love baking, check out Entertaining with Beth, a cooking blog which has great holiday recipe ideas. If you prefer to let someone else do the baking, then check out this delicious Carrot cake by David's cookies. Shh!! We won't tell where you got it from.