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Your DIY Guide To Surviving The Holidays With Family

You love them, you can't stand them, you're obligated to spend the holidays with them – here are a few crafty ways to help you make it through in one piece.

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Don't let your phone and earbuds out of your sight.

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Put 'em in a cute little carrying case and keep them by your side at all times. You never know when someone is going to start a trip down memory lane, and those can only go one of two ways: crying or yelling.


Write about your feelings...or something.

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Sure, you moved out five years ago, but that doesn't mean your mom's questions about where you're going, who's going to be there, and what time you'll be home have stopped. Don't want to start a fight? Write it down. Better yet, write it down in a beautiful journal you stitched yourself. See, better already!

Hang out with the kids.

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Your little cousins don't know the difference between a medical degree and an English major. Get their attention (and adoration) by bribing them with a pouch of candy stashed in your pocket, and then happily laugh to yourself when you watch their parents try to put them to bed later.