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The Best Ways To Avoid Your Family On Thanksgiving (Without Seeming Like You're Avoiding Them)

Updated November 21, 2018 1.4k votes 60 voters 1k views38 items

List RulesVote up the best ways to get a little peace and quiet on Thanksgiving.

Your aunts don't get along. Your baby cousin has some sort of illness that involves a lot of snot. They just want to get one more family photo - they know it's annoying now, but you'll appreciate it in a few years!

Seeing family on Thanksgiving has a lot of ups and downs. Eating delicious food with the people you love sounds ideal, but it can grow old quickly. Fear not - if you need an excuse to step away after your Uncle John says something questionable, you have plenty of options.

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    Play with a child or pet outside

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    Take a long time to get ready in the morning

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    Feed/walk the dog

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    Go on a grocery, liquor store, or coffee run

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    Casually hide in another room for 15 minutes

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    Pretend your sibling needs you

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    Quietly get drunk

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    Volunteer to set or clear the table

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    Sleep in more than you normally would

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    Hang out with a drowsy grandparent

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    Take out the trash

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    Fake illness

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    Say you have to “do a few work things”

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    Procrastinate while running errands

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    Take a walk

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    Sit at the kids’ table

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    Be a little late to everything

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    Go hang out with your cat - she needs attention, too

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    Claim jet lag

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    Offer to shovel the driveway/rake leaves

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    Volunteer to look after the kids

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    Leave early due to “weather”

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    Offer to refill everyone's drinks

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    Watch football

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    Do the dishes