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November 20, 2013  •  by Jane Carter

Essential Thanksgiving Survival Tips

Your Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving When you were a kid, your parents assured you that your family was normal. “Every family has an uncle that loves fart jokes a little too much or a cousin that likes to start food fights and snort milk up his nose.” Well, your parents lied. These people are crazy and you should probably pat yourself on the back for having made it this far. Here’s how to keep surviving the most dangerous game: relatives. HAVE A KID ZONE The living room, den or even a small broom closet with toys TV and a place to hang out even if it is just a broom keeps them from roaming and causing too much chaos all around the house. Suggest they bring favorite movies and maybe a game console. Make it comfortable depending on the age group have blankets and pillows to maybe build a fort or a bunch of movies and gadgets to keep them entertained. Kids thrive on routine and schedule so set one for them. MAKE & ENFORCE THE RULES! No food on the couch! No kicking the dog! No locking anyone else’s kids in the attic! These are just a few of the rules we could think of off the top of our heads. Also don’t be shy about asking the kids to help around the house with small chores either. They know how to set a table, and if they don’t it’s probably time they learn.     HAVE ESCAPE ROUTES! GET OUT THE HOUSE! RUN AWAY AND DON’T LOOK BACK! Having a large amount of people in a confined small space for a large amount of time is probably not your best option. Get out of the  house do some activities with the family or small groups. Well first off, find out what places are open. A few places that are usually open are places like the zoo, an ice rink, museum or park. Some other activities are going to a parade, going to a corn maze or tree hunting. A fun free activity is do a Pumpkin fling,  it’s a great way to get rid of those old Jack o’ lanterns if you have a big backyard or a neighbor you don’t like. Going to a parade is always fun. Find a local Turkey Trot,  here in Austin a Thanksgiving tradition is the Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot that a ton of people take part in both for fun and competition. Also another great Austin tradition is the UT Thanksgiving day game, this year it will look a it different from years past but it will still involve two great universities from the state of Texas. So if you can get your hands on a ticket make sure to go, or take your family to be part of the festivities. GIVE PEOPLE OPTIONS Yeah, we know, who doesn’t want to watch the Lions lose yet another Thanksgiving Day Game but if most people will be watching football, maybe you could set up a movie in another room for those who want out. Set up a board game or puzzle so that they can do their own thing and still be part of the festivities.   LEAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA Well actually give her a break too, because she will probably be trying to enjoy herself as well. Just leave it at the door. The holidays are not the time to air long-held grudges. It’s probably not a good idea to try and fix a lifetime of bad relationships on a full stomach.   This Thanksgiving will be just like the other ones. Hopefully that’s a good thing and if its not hopefully you will find some of these tips helpful or if not at least a bit humorous. Like any other event there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into it, just remember to make the most of it and don’t stress out. For more event planning tips and any event ticketing needs check out Ticketbud. As always we wish you the best, and remember not to argue on a full stomach.  


There’s really no way to escape Black Friday without a black eye or bruised rib, so our advice is to check out online sales or try wearing some football pads. If you absolutely must go out into the trample zone on Friday, keep this in mind. Do your homework and Prioritize. What is more important to you? A big screen TV? Fifteen pairs undies for the price of one? Go“Like” your favorite brands and stores on Facebook since a lot of them are leaking their Black Friday deals on their Facebooks. I would definitely recommend that you check out your stores online the week before to see if you can possibly get some great discounts without dealing with the crazies, unless you’re into that sort of thing. Don’t forget about “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday” ]]]]> ]]>