That being said, our get-togethers can be a little trying at times, as most family’s can, especially during the holiday season. Family knows how to push your buttons like no one else. And nothing feels worse than the guilt of being snippy with your closest relatives, simply due to condensed time, close proximity and lack of foresight. So I’ve come up with some tips that help me get through the forced family time, while maintaining my love and patience for my dearest ones. Here’s hoping they can help you end off your thanksgiving weekend with more gratitude than guilt!
Eat a pre-dinner snack
No, this isn’t just an awkward throwback to Friends’Thanksgiving special. I have been known to get hangry when my blood sugar gets low, which doesn’t make family time any more enjoyable for anyone. I’ve learned to never show up to a family dinner starving, just hungry enough to enjoy the meal ahead. So pull a Joey and warm up your stomach and avoid getting hungry around your family that you haven’t seen in months. Your predinner snack should be just enough to satiate you until dinner is served, but not so much that your appetite for such a long-awaited meal as thanksgiving be spoiled. My sister in law won the forward-thinking prize by showing up with a snack plate of nuts, dried fruit and other goodies that made for the perfect snack to keep us sane until turkey time.
Have an icebreaker cocktail for when things start to get awkward around the dinner table
Drinking responsibly is obviously a priority during the holiday season, and while that almost always refers to overconsumption, sometimes it means a pre-emptive holiday dinner drink to help break the ice around the dinner table. We love this homey, holiday-inspired beverage from Bacardi that’s sure to please even the pickiest of family members.
Pro tip – Mix all the liquid with the honey and pumpkin puree before adding ice to keep the mixture smooth.
Build cocktail in a large rocks glass. Combine Bacardi Cuatro, apple cider, lemon juice, honey and pumpkin puree and mix all ingredients evenly with a spoon. Add ice to mixed cocktail. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices before serving. For the non-alcohol consuming dinner attendees, leave out the Bacardi and increase the apple cider accordingly.
Sip on aforementioned Icebreaker breaker cocktail whenever you want to react to something your family says/does
Having a tasty drink on hand makes it super easy to take a pause whenever your instinct is to react to anything your family may throw at you over the course of your time together. Offside political commentary from your conservative uncle? Take a beat and sip your drink before you speak, giving you time to choose your words wisely or hope he moves onto torturing someone else. Mom on your case for still being single? Bring that beverage to your lips before you say anything, and watch the super awkward interaction with your brother’s girlfriend, reminding you to be grateful that you’re still single and don’t have to watch your partner go through the same thing.
What are your tips to stay sane during the holiday season? Tweet us at @wearaddicted and let us know!
*This post is a paid partnership between Addicted Media Inc and Bacardi
Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine.
Nadia is the co-founder and North American Editor for ADDICTED.