How not to ruin chr ist­mas

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We pre­sented some of our thorni­est fam­ily-over-the-hol­i­days

dilem­mas to the Win­ter Stroll author…

QMy (new!) hus­band and I have four sep­a­rate Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions to go to on the 25th. How do we man­age this marathon of hol­i­day eat­ing with­out of­fend­ing any­one? “Short of a com­plete es­cape, my ad­vice is to sched­ule four vis­its: late break­fast, late lunch, cock­tails and din­ner. Start with the parental unit you like the least and then move up the food chain so you can end with the one you like the most and linger at the end of the evening.”

QMy daugh­ter is threat­en­ing to tell her lit­tle brother that Santa Claus doesn’t ex­ist—un­less I get her the lat­est musthave Bar­bie. Teddy’s only three! “There are so few ad­van­tages to be­ing a child, and believ­ing in Santa is one. Ap­peal to your daugh­ter’s in­nate sense of good­ness and al­low

her to be your co­con­spir­a­tor in keep­ing the se­cret alive for him.

If that doesn’t work, then, yes, by all means, cave. It’s just a doll.” n

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