Ahhh, the big holiday is almost here.
The day when so many Americans strive, aspire and hope for a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and typically end up with something as tangled and chaotic as Pollock.
If you're like most folks, you'll be getting a huge dose of family togetherness Thursday. Between the meal preparation, football watching, binging on virtually every carb known to man and the food coma that follows - that's a lot of opportunity for snark.
Fear not, gentle reader. You're not alone. The NYT has a great piece that offers ways to diffuse your holiday gathering, including setting ground rules on the kinds of comments allowed at the dining room table.
If all else fails, I think the BINGO card mentioned in the piece is quite clever. How many times can we write in passive aggression in a square?
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Many of us are traveling over the river and through the wood to get to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. Whether you are flying, driving or riding the rails, you don't have to be a member of MENSA to know all channels of travel will be jam packed these next few days.
The American Automobile Association says 38.4 million of us will travel more than 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday. Newsday says any drop in air travel congestion won't be noticeable to the average person - so be prepared to wait in epic lines and suffer the scourge of crying babies everywhere.
If you are really needing an escape from your jet setting brethren, I suggest you consult these sources for information on the best airport bars around.
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Maybe Thanksgiving isn't your bag, baby. Maybe you're all about mowing down people with big, hulkish shopping carts and aisles cluttered with crap at Wal-Mart.
I don't judge*.
USA Today says 1 in 10 shoppers will arrive for Black Friday shopping between midnight and 3 a.m. Other, more reasonable folks (coping with tryptophan comas and tension cocktail-induced hangovers) will save their holiday shopping for the Internets.
The AJC has a good write-up on the online tools that help shoppers find the best deals as they set out to arm wrestle aggressive soccer moms for the last Zhu Zhu Pet in Target.
Good luck. I'll be thinking of you as I sleep in and enjoy a Mimosa.
*I don't really judge - but I *do* have to question the judgment of anyone who prefers to shop at Wal Mart. Of all the Big Box stores, it has singlehandedly done the most damage in destroying Main Street U.S.A.
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