One of the biggest understated problems with Thanksgiving is that you may have to deal with family members that bring friction to your life. The following information will help prepare you for dealing with family members who make your life uncomfortable.
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Set Up Different RoomsYour family reunion should be set up so that there are different activities going on in different rooms. One room might be for watching movies while another room is for using the computer. Let each family member know that certain areas of the house need to be quiet so that noisy family members are contained in one area. Creating several environments gives you an edge over any one member ruining the entire experience.
Competitive GamesOne of the best distractions from family difficulty is to play competitive games such as chess or cards. Sports and games are the best ways to keep people focused on a team situation. Let the games, instead of family gossip, be the controversy. Find out which family members are the best at certain sports or board games.
Thanksgiving PartyYour family party should follow a schedule, especially if it is held at a venue. Divide the periods based on how the food will be served. Allow a certain period for people to socialize followed by dinner, dessert and entertainment. Stop serving alcohol in the early evening.