How to Survive The Holidays With Family/Friends


By: Sarah Katzenberger

During the holiday’s everyone expects to have a peaceful family gathering–no fighting or yelling. No one wants the holidays to change people’s attitudes and become more demanding.

One of the best ways to not have hysterical parents whose attitudes turn upside down during the holidays is to make a calendar and communicate everything before the holidays begin. For example, ask your parents if a certain person can come over during the holidays.


How to mix Thanksgiving with a Significant Other  

The obvious thing not to do is bring family drama in any way, especially by being open with problems with another family member. Instead, what you should do is preface your family before your guests arrive; let your family know which topics to steer away from, like religion, politics, etc. Be sure to do the same thing with your significant other.

Holidays are supposed to be fun, so you and your family should do their best to make it fun. Set up games to play after thanksgiving dinner or have a holiday movie marathon.

You’re still in high school, so you and your family should realize that this is a transition, you are growing up, and soon you will start your own life. Being open about this makes it easier not only on you but on your significant other.



Friendsgiving is always fun because it is not the traditional Thanksgiving that most Americans are used to, and honestly, holidays with friends are more laid back. There is always pressure when you spend the holidays with family because most people try to act perfectly around the family to keep a facade.
Spending the holidays with your friends also means that dinner is a one-person job. Instead what most friends do is assign each person a dish to bring. Some of the food brought don’t have to be the traditional mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing; they can also be untraditional dishes like noodles or waffles.