THE CURIOUS COUSIN
Family members often know way more about us than what feels comfortable, and you may have one relative in particular who is more prying than others. When someone asks too many personal questions, keep in mind that they are likely to be genuinely interested in you and your life. “They are trying to fit in and find a way to connect with you,” says Sofin.
The Game Plan
“If you don’t want to share a whole lot about your life, try to be as vague as possible,” says Whitmore. “Make a joke or turn the question around with another question, depending on what is asked.”
To change the subject, Whitmore recommends preparing three topics of conversation that usually go over well during the holidays: your favourite family memory, travel and food. “Everybody can relate to food and travel, but if you really want to stimulate a lively discussion, go around the table and share your fondest or funniest family memory.”