It’s Turkey Day this week! Americans will be gathering around family tables, tv trays, and BBQs to cook up plentiful food and share it with family and friends. However, when that many people gather in any one place, sometimes we need handy survival tips for getting through the day without a family blow out. 

Keep the Alcohol Moderate

In the party like atmosphere of the day, it can be easy to go for 1, 2 or more glasses of wine or beer. However, one of the keys to surviving the day is to keep the alcohol consumption moderate. When the drinks get flowing people start talking and saying things that can cause problems. You can help the situation by drinking moderately and encouraging others to do the same. 

Come Armed With Topics That Don’t Include Religion and Politics

It’s an old social adage not to talk about religion and politics and this is very true at Thanksgiving, especially in the age of Trump. It’s best to read up some other things. We have lots you can talk about right here at Rouges Magazine! Other news items, the weather, personal things, work issues, books, and movies are all great opportunities to get people talking without re-litigating the election over your mashed potatoes. 

Maintain Your Own Space

If you can afford to stay elsewhere on your own, it may not be a good idea to stay with family. If you are staying with family, make sure it’s family you are comfortable being with and make sure you have your own room. If things get out of control, make sure you have somewhere you can retreat to if you need. 

Welcome New Family Members

If your family is like many others, you may be meeting new family members this year. If there have been marriages or re-marriages over the past year, try to help the new faces feel welcome in a place where they may not be entirely at ease. It’s also a chance to get to know them and observe survival tip #2. 

Have Fun

Eat the good food, bring your favorites, put on the football game and remember to have fun over this holiday. You can keep folks busy with familiar traditions and fun activities outside if the weather permits in your area. This is still a great time to reconnect with family and friends and it should be fun. With a little bit of effort, you can have a great Thanksgiving!