With more parties and family gatherings than any other time of year, the period between November and January leaves no shortage of reason to celebrate. But for every mug of mulled cider, you're bound to have a tense encounter with your newly divorced neighbors or a snippy, regifting sister-in-law. How can you navigate sticky social situations and still make it through New Year's with glad tidings and good cheer? Follow the advice of our expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman-an entertaining pro and the author of The Pleasure of Your Company-who tackled our toughest "Bah, humbug" moments with panache.
1. Answering Tough Questions
You love spending the holidays with your family-until the annual barrage of questioning stNavigating Awkward Holiday Situations arts: When's your daughter getting married? Did your son really drop out of college? Why hasn't your husband retired yet? Since you know the touchy topics that people are most likely to broach, consider your answers in advance. Each answer can be vague and should endRead More »from Navigating Awkward Holiday Situations