How To Survive Your Family Over Break

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays! After an overly caffeinated week of library sleepovers and final exams, the perfect way to retreat and rejuvenate is by heading back to your hometown. You know, because of all the overachieving siblings, screaming cousins and the ongoing drama between too many members of your extended family to keep it all straight in your head.

Relax. Really, you deserve to, even if your household environment makes such a task especially difficult to execute during the holidays. In fact, bookmark this virtual manual to ensure that you survive your family over break. Trust me — over the next few weeks, it’ll shock you how slowly time can pass.

What are you dreading this holiday season? Have any tip for how to survive it all? Tweet @CC_Intern with passive-aggressive complaints and wise advice –I’ll be watching for your tweets all day! Your tweets could be in a CollegeCandy blog THIS weekend.

Ashley is a UC San Diego grad who is holding on way too tightly to a potential career in magazines and goes to Vegas all too often. She’s fascinated with celebrities and strawberry beer and doubles as a pathological texter/emailer/blogger. Feed the addiction with tweets @cashleelee. Thanks in advance.



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  3. Lisa says:

    Nodding and smiling is so key. If you can take a deep breath and do that every time someone in your family says something stupid/offensive/ignorant you'll have a much more calm break. Your grandmother is 85. If she truly believes you're a 21 year old spinster, let her believe it.

  4. Katie Garrity - North Central College says:

    Bringing a guest is almost a guarantee that your family will pretend to be normal. No one wants to look like a crazy in front of a stranger. Last year, my brother brought his new girlfriend and everyone was on their best behavior. Worked out wonderfully for all.

  5. Maura - Rider University says:

    Guest is a great idea! And so is twitter, unless you're me and your aunt is follwing you ;\

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