21 Universal Problems Of Spending The Holidays With Your Family

And the perfect solutions for coping with them.

1. Problem: Having to sit at the kids’ table. Again.

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2. Problem: Your drunk aunt asking why you’re still single.

Solution: Gingersnap Eggnog.

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3. Problem: Constantly hearing embarrassing childhood stories.

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4. Problem: “Have you gained weight?”

5. Problem: Someone made your favorite side dish as a vegan substitute.

6. Problem: The casual racist remarks from your grandfather.

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Solution: Nutella Melt with Frangelico.

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7. Problem: *Insert questions about your current job here*

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8. Problem: Being the only unmarried adult.

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9. Problem: Being forced to babysit everyone younger than you.

10. Problem: Dinner won’t be ready for another two hours.

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Solution: Burnt-Sugar Hot Buttered Rum.

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11. Problem: When that one relative starts a family-wide political debate.

12. Problem: Someone just insulted the pumpkin pie you spent three hours making.

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13. Problem: Your mom is on a diet, which inadvertently means the rest of the family is too.

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14. Problem: Your drunk uncle is getting a little out of hand.

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15. Problem: Forgetting the name of that one cousin you haven’t seen in 15 years.

16. Problem: Tofurky.

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17. Problem: When the family friend asks for your life story.

18. Problem: Being responsible for cooking for everyone.

Solution: Nutella Melt.

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19. Problem: Awkwardly reuniting with your siblings after a whole year.

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20. Problem: Having to change the subject when your parents start telling your coming-of-age stories.

And if all else fails, just stick to the basics:

21. Problem: Being the only person who drinks in a dry family.

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