In the real world, family get togethers are often rife with arguments, sarcasm, and passive-aggressive digs. I spend Thanksgiving with my inlaws and I'm sad that I don't get to see my family. My kids are excited to see their cousin...until they aren't and they've gotten tired of each other. I take a trip over Christmas to the house I grew up in, and I miss spending time with my husband and his family. The holidays are never as easy or idyllic as I always imagine they will be.
That's why I'm glad I had a chance to read Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays. If you are looking for tips on how to set the perfect table or color-coordindate your heirloom tree decorations with your handmade table runner, please look somewhere else. On the other hand, if you're still embarassed about dropping the turkey minutes before it was due on the table or you often find yourself yearning for a seat at the kids' table, this book may just be what you are looking for.
There are stories covering Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. There are recipes you can use to impress your inlaws. Do you need a (tongue in cheek) step-by-step guide for hosting a holiday meal? Try Amy Hunter's "Preparing to Host Thanksgiving Dinner...With Children." Are your kids jealous of all the Christmas lights in your neighborhood? Try Deborah Goldstein's "Hanukkah Wins." If all else fails, I think you'll enjoy Kathryn Leehane's "Dysfunctional Family Drinking Game" to get you through that long weekend when you're stuck inside with more people than you'd care to be with.
At the very least, I am so very glad to know that I am not alone in the love-hate relationship I have with family get togethers. My kids aren't the only ones who turn into uncontrollable monsters as soon as the holiday clothes are on and the camera has been set up. Every family has its issues when getting together and I've got a whole book full of friends I can settle on the couch and commiserate with this week.
Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays is available now for $2.99. I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it. You'll want to get your copy downloaded before you head out of town!