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5 Tips for Dealing With Turkey Day Drama

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Choose Your Guests With Care

When you're stressing about whether the turkey will be ready in time, the last thing you need is drama. Keep the peace this Thanksgiving with a guest list designed to minimize conflict and bring out the best in your family and friends. Encourage fighting family members to be on their best behavior by adding a few outsiders to your table. Your siblings may think twice about squabbling in front of your elderly neighbor or a few of your work friends who can't make it home for the holiday.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, limit your visitors to people you're comfortable spending time with. Remember that a stress-filled holiday is not necessarily the best time to meet your significant other's parents or to attempt a reconciliation between two feuding family members.

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