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12/06/2013 02:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Survive Your Next Family Holiday Party

It's that time of year again -- time to RSVP to that holiday party being thrown by your least favorite extended family members. Like every year, you tell yourself that it'll be quick; you'll just make an appearance and slip out early, right? Impossible.

Only this year, you're not going to let it kill your holiday buzz. If anyone knows about the art of survival, it's Jennifer Lawrence, so channel your inner Katniss to make it through the least wonderful time of the year.

After last year’s shindig, even the thought of another reunion is enough to make you hyperventilate.
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So you tell your siblings you won't go. No one will even notice you're missing.
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They balk at the idea. Your third cousins can't wait to see you!
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Fine. You'll go, but only for a minute.
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You walk in, and immediately your weird uncle -- the one who only ever leaves the house in winter -- is all up in your face.
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Thankfully, there's an escape route.
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You retreat to the buffet table and peruse the desserts station ...
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Your great aunt Hilda tries to engage in conversation, but her words are overpowered by the scent of all things deep fried.
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When the "In my day, women never..." stories commence, you know there's only one way to survive.
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Then your weird uncle gets back, ready to talk about his ferrets, but you're more than prepared.
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In fact, you realize, why not have some fun with this?
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You can turn this party around!
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Say adios to inhibition ...
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Up the ante ...
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And send him running for the hills.
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Take a second to revel in the glory.
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Sure, people are staring, but isn't that why they asked you to join in the first place?
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Lady friend, you've won this year's get-together!
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Which could have been way worse.
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So give yourself a round of applause ...
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YOU'VE MADE IT!
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