Surviving Your Holidays: The Family Version

November 26, 2014 7:01 PM

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The holidays are here, in all their sparkling glory. And holidays mean family -- an extra-large dose of the people you see every day, plus more time than normal with grandma, weird Uncle Ernie, your in-laws, and various other hangers-on, any and all of whom you may or may not like. Even if you are lucky enough to adore every single person you encounter at Thanksgiving and Christmas (or Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever else it is that you celebrate), not to mention New Year's, the season is still rife with emotional challenges. Plus, you've got that pesky cultural expectation of peace, love, joy and harmony to deal with. Can you live up to that? Can your loved ones?

The good news is that if/when you experience that familiar "I want to run away" sensation, there are plenty of healthy ways to cope. And no, I'm not talking about guzzling spiked eggnog until you pass out. Instead, I'm talking about the "pull out at least once a year" relationship-related concepts o...

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