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

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Vote 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
    1

    Play with a child or pet outside

  • Casually hide in another room for 15 minutes
    2

    Casually hide in another room for 15 minutes

  • Feed/walk the dog
    3

    Feed/walk the dog

  • Take a long time to get ready in the morning
    4

    Take a long time to get ready in the morning

  • Hang out with a drowsy grandparent
    5

    Hang out with a drowsy grandparent

  • Volunteer to set or clear the table
    6

    Volunteer to set or clear the table

  • Pretend your sibling needs you
    7

    Pretend your sibling needs you

  • Sleep in more than you normally would
    8

    Sleep in more than you normally would

  • Go on a grocery, liquor store, or coffee run
    9

    Go on a grocery, liquor store, or coffee run

  • Take a walk
    10

    Take a walk

  • Take out the trash
    11

    Take out the trash

  • Procrastinate while running errands
    12

    Procrastinate while running errands

  • Claim jet lag
    13

    Claim jet lag

  • Quietly get drunk
    14

    Quietly get drunk

  • Sit at the kids’ table
    15

    Sit at the kids’ table

  • Fake illness
    16

    Fake illness

  • Go hang out with your cat - she needs attention, too
    17

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

  • Offer to shovel the driveway/rake leaves
    18

    Offer to shovel the driveway/rake leaves

  • Say you have to “do a few work things”
    19

    Say you have to “do a few work things”

  • Leave early due to “weather”
    20

    Leave early due to “weather”

  • Be a little late to everything
    21

    Be a little late to everything

  • Pretend you’re getting a phone call
    22

    Pretend you’re getting a phone call

  • Volunteer to look after the kids
    23

    Volunteer to look after the kids

  • Look at social media on your phone
    24

    Look at social media on your phone

  • Watch football
    25

    Watch football