Some of us are traveling cross country to visit family for the holidays. Others are hosting extended family in our own homes. Either way, it is a time for closeness – but it can end in chaos! Want some “stay sane” tips for surviving the holidays, relatively speaking? Then join us at the next #TMOM Twitter party at 9 p.m. ET on November 14 to discuss our tips – and laugh about our family holiday stories.

The holidays mean family, which can mean closeness - or chaos! Share your family stories and learn our survival tips at the next #TMOM Twitter party.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with multiple generations can be all about managing expectations. Try sharing cooking assignments before the big day! Photo by Mary Heston, World Traveling Mom

November 14  #TMOM Twitter Party – Relatively Speaking, The Holidays

“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays!”

Just like the old song says, many of our hearts – and our travel plans – bring our families together during the holiday season. And what could be better, right?  A multigenerational gathering, grandmom meeting the newest additions, cousins commiserating, Uncle Albert toasting the clan with a mug of eggnog. (Think The Waltons.)

Bur often our reality doesn’t match the picture-perfect holiday we plan. The baby is wailing through grace, and grandmom nodded off in the stuffing. The cousins are debating the election results, and Uncle Albert has taken one too many trips to the punch bowl. (Cue The Simpsons.)

Our hearts will lead us home for the holidays – and our hearts will be open to family, no matter what that means. So how do you cope? With humor, with understanding – and with the tips we’ll share at the next #TMOM Twitter party, 9 p.m. Monday, November 14.

The holidays mean family, which can mean closeness - or chaos! Share your family stories and learn our survival tips at the next #TMOM Twitter party.

When your sister decides the dealing with the whole family in one house can only be handled with sangria….Photo by Dana McKenney Zucker, Luxe TravelingMom

Relative Sanity

For my family, the big gathering is Thanksgiving – and I do mean big. For as long as I remember, my maternal clan (50+ of them) get together in one home or another. Though we usually keep it congenial, we do have our stories….like the time my cousin Kevin, around 8, discovered my mother’s press-on finger nail in his stuffing. (It had fallen off while she was cooking. Mom didn’t skip a beat…when Kev held it up, my mom declared him, “We have a winner!”  And we all had another story in the family lore.)

No matter what your family’s celebration is, our tips will help you cope – or flourish – during your get together. After all, we do family holidays near and far –and we have tips to share. Join us to share those funny stories, swap tips and maybe even disclose a few secret family recipes (for eggnog!) when we gather together at the next #TMOM Twitter party!

The Details

The holidays mean family, which can mean closeness - or chaos! Share your family stories and learn our survival tips at the next #TMOM Twitter party.

When gathering for more than one meal, do theme nights or celebrations missed all together during the year to keep things interesting. Tips and photo by Dana McKenney Zucker, Luxe TravelingMom

WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – Relatively Speaking, The Holidays

WHEN:  November 14, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD:   TWEET –      Here come the holidays – and the relatives! Join #TMOM Monday 11/14  9pm ET to discuss handling both!

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