Here’s a Quick Guide on How To Survive Thanksgiving Dinner

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Whether you love it or hate it, Thanksgiving is definitely one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year. From the basted turkeys to the abundance of pumpkin pie, many of us make the long-distance commute to see relatives and enjoy what should be a happy, calm and satisfying reunion.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and next thing you know you’re trying to stop a fight over who makes the best greens and debating how much salt is too much when making a gravy. Sometimes the dinner talk can get a little too close to home. Either way, we’ve got you covered with a few tips on how to survive the Thanksgiving madness.

It’s a known fact that music affects our mood; it can get us super hype or in the deepest of feelings. Either way, most of us can agree it’s a pretty powerful tool. To help put everyone at ease before the weird dinner small talk, set the mood. Get on Spotify, Soundcloud or even just kick it with YouTube and bump a playlist. Depending on what your family is like, you can cater the sound to the mood – you can’t go wrong with a little background noise. If you’re unsure what to play, check out some of our top picks this week. Don’t forget this instant classic.

This tip is not just applicable to Thanksgiving but could be applied to any potentially stressful situation. For the most part, people get their act right in the presence of new company. A lot of the time, bringing up old beef just isn’t worth it when you’re trying to make a good collective impression on your guest. If you know there are one or two people at the dinner table who are prone to making less than savory comments, or you simply don’t want to be the odd one out, then maybe it’s worth DM’ing a friend to come through and ride the evening with you. Even better if you know someone who could do with a family experience across the holiday season.

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