Keep stress and family feuds at bay by heeding this advice
by Lambeth Hochwald
Ahh, the holidays. A time for singing carols, trimming the tree, eating turkey… and dealing with family drama. If memories of Christmases past have you dreading December 25, cheer up. With these 10 rules, you can have a happy, headache-free holiday-really!
1. Don't talk politics.
You know the saying: Never discuss religion or politics. If your relatives didn't get the memo-and you're sick of playing referee every year-be ready to nip it in the bud. At the first sign of Obama-bashing or Palin-baiting, jump in and divert their attention. "Change the subject with a remark like, 'The turkey smells terrific, doesn't it? Let's go check on it,'" says Lisa Gaché, founder and CEO of Beverly Hills Manners. And don't take no for an answer, even if it means gently leading one of the debaters into the kitchen.
If the argument continues the minute you get back, lay down your house rule. "Step in and firmlyRead More »from Have a Drama-Free Holiday