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5 Survival Tips to Get You Through Thanksgiving with Your Nosy Relatives

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means turkey, football and relatives who are w-a-y too nosy. Don’t get me wrong, family time is wonderful. We get to talk to cousins we haven’t seen in a year, see how big our nieces and nephews have grown and laugh about how silly we were when we were kids. But then there’s the times that you show up solo to dinner and the questions start. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Still no special someone?” asks your uncle. “Why aren’t you married yet? You’re so attractive,” suggests the aunt who has no filter. “Are you sure you’re not gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” inquires Mom. And then there’s the grandparents…

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5 Best Word Games for Vacation Family Fun

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My family is a Scrabble family. Every holiday or vacation, we bust out our board, extra trays, and our battered Scrabble dictionaries. We know how to stack words like pros, we have strange rules we’ve adapted over the years, and at least one person uses all of their letters per game. There are no “cats” in our games – try “qat.” Or “oi.” Or “aa.” Scrabble and other word games have become honored parts of our family vacations. Rarely do we just sit on the beach and relax—going to the lake is really just an excuse to play a word game in the sunshine. So for the rest of you linguistically inclined families, here are five of the best to…

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