The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Guest

10 rules to remember to ensure your Thanksgiving is happy and drama-free

The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
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What is it about Thanksgiving that always seems to bring out the best in people — the best of the worst behavior, that is. Along with that showstopping centerpiece of the meal — the Thanksgiving turkey — so too comes side dishes of jealousy, anger, unnecessary commentary, and all too much baggage.

This year, don’t let an argument over something stupid steal the spotlight from your award-winning pumpkin pie. Before you set off over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, or knock on the front door of friends or family, think about how you can be the perfect guest. To give you a hand in warding off any potential familial tensions well in advance, we asked our resident etiquette experts, Mindy Lockard and Coryanne Ettiene to share their top rules to remember this Thanksgiving.

Even if you find your 34-year-old self banished to the kiddie table along with your 27-year-old niece and 3-year old son, left wondering (and simmering with rage) as to who was in charge of the seating, or are already cringing in anticipation at the thought of Auntie Jo’s world-famous (or not so much) Jell-O mold and green bean casserole, courtesy of Campbell’s soup and canned crisped onion bits from the corner market, it’s best to silence your emotions.

Click here to see the The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Guest Slideshow.


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