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Survival guide: How to survive the holidays in a family tsunami

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It’s the holiday season. We get two weeks off of school to relax and most likely spend some good old quality time with family. This means your grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, the whole shabang. This also means that you might be walking into a lion’s cage of family and friends if you are not on top of your game. Here is some advice on how to not get eaten alive.

First off, We all have those family members that want to know if you are doing good at in life, or not so good in life. To survive this obstacle, go in with a list of things you have done well in, so you don’t get stuck trying to search in the depths of your mind for something to tell them. This may be that you raised your grade in math ten points from last six weeks, or that you improved your technique in a sport. This  is important because you deserve to be recognized for all of the good things you do.

Next, fake it till you make it. Don’t act ungrateful for something. Whip out that, “Aw, I love it“ with your best dazzling smile, even if it’s the ugliest and itchiest sweatshirt you have ever seen. It will help save you from a possible lecture about how you should be more grateful.

Now, this one may be a little hard, but don’t stress. This is a time to relax and not be sky high in stress. Enjoy the time you have off of school. Be optimistic about everything and go into it with open arms. Take this time to make memories you’ll cherish for years to come. And give and get amazing gifts.

Let’s face it,none of us are perfect. So maybe you forgot to get gifts for some people. Or don’t have enough money to buy a gift for everyone. Try looking around your house. There are many DIY’s that you can do easily do for little to no money. Pinterest is a forest of ideas if you need help thinking of gifts.

I hope this advice will help you not get eaten alive, and have a relaxing, stress-free winter break with the people and things you love. And remember, if you need advice on anything make sure to come and talk to me or email me at [email protected].

Lily will spare no details when it comes to her knitting, and she is just as meticulous with her writing and editing. When she's not working out the logistics and minute kinks of the Polaris Press, this water baby is swimming freestyle for the ARS Varsity Swim team or exercising her flair for the dramatics in ARS’ annual one-act play. Her essential items include Cold-Brew Coffee, classic oldies music, and of course, a pen and paper. She is excited to be a part of the Journalism community for the second year in a row, and as of this fall a member of the editing team.

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